The annual Honors Day Convocation was held in Stetson Chapel on Friday morning, Oct. 31, to recognize students with departmental, athletic, and collegiate awards. The ceremony praised the work of students in all disciplines, as well as faculty members and parents who have helped student’s live out their academic ambitions.
Reverend Liz Candido ‘00, College Chaplin and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, began the program by calling those in attendance to “give thanks to excellence, give thanks to the students, and give thanks to the faculty who foster the life of the mind.” Faculty wore formal processional robes for the occasion.
The convocation honored months of hard work done by students who combined a life dedicated to sports teams, schoolwork, and an active involvement in the community on and off campus. Awards were divided by academic division and by different college scholarships awarded each year.
Prior to the remarks and awards, Hannah Shaughnessy-Mogill ’15 performed the solo soprano piece “Tu che di gel sei cinta” which roughly translates in english to “You who are enclosed by ice,” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. The remarks and the presentation of the honors were then read by Provost Michael McDonald.
For some of the awards, this day has been highly awaited and anticipated. Rachel Chang ‘18 was one of four at the convocation to be recognized for receiving the Heyl Scholarship, which provides a full allowance for tuition, room, and books over all four years of study to students from the Kalamazoo area.
“It has been a process since last fall,” said Chang, before receiving her award on Friday. “I had to apply for the scholarship before I even knew I would be accepted to Kalamazoo.”
Alongside the departmental and academic scholarship awards, Enlightened Leadership Awards, the MIAA Academic Honor Roll Awards, Posse Scholars, John T. Williamson Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Delta awardees were also recognized.
Although the ceremony was brief, recipients felt that the service well acknowledged the immense work done by K students. Rachel Selina ’17 was awarded the Maggie Wardle Award, for a sophomore woman who showcases achievement in athletics and the social sciences or civic engagement.
“I think that there could never be a ceremony long enough to honor the work students do on this campus and in the community. But for what it was worth, I thought the ceremony was uplifting and reached a good number of people,” said Selina.
Andrew Kaylor ‘17 was one of two students to be awarded the Division of Physical Education Prize given to a first year student who best combined leadership and scholarship while promoting athletics. Both Selina and Kaylor received Head Coach of Volleyball Jeanne Hess’s book “Sportuality” when receiving their awards on stage.
“It was even more official that I expected it to be,” said Kaylor The service ended with the audience singing the Kalamazoo College Alma Mater and the playing of Fugue in E minor by Bach.