On Wednesday, May 10 Vaughn College praised students’ achievements at the annual Honors Convocation Ceremony. Awards were given to students who have shown excellence in engineering, technology, aviation, and management and with a grade point average of 3.50 or above, or who showed exceptional leadership and athletic abilities.

The ceremony began with opening remarks from Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul LaVergne, and special greetings from President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo. Guest speaker, Henry Kuykendall, vice president of Delta Airlines New York delivered a rousing convocation address on perseverance through trials and tribulations and how it can lead to long-term success.

Airport/airline management major William Schwager II was the student speaker and he left his peers with a quote by Mark Twain that inspired him throughout his academic journey. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”

The ceremony closed with students graduating with high honors receiving their cords for cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude status. Cords were also given to graduating veteran students.

You can view the complete list of award winners here.