Published on March 31st, 2023 | by University Communications


Celebration of Academic Excellence honors intellectually, artistically significant student works

At Saint Leo University, our students not only are challenged to meet expectations for their academic work, but also to learn to think critically, learn new skills, and develop the character to become good citizens and responsible leaders. On March 30, the university hosted its Celebration of Academic Excellence, which recognized the scholarly and creative accomplishments of undergraduates.

“This is a day to celebrate the student who has a research project worth discussing, or has written a play or short story worth telling, or offered a musical performance worth hearing, or has painted or photographed something that merits being seen,” said Dr. Mary Spoto, vice president of Academic Affairs. “In other words, Celebration of Academic Excellence is a time to showcase what every Saint Leo University student has done that is intellectually and artistically significant. Please join me in celebrating our student successes.”

The class schedule at University Campus was modified for the day so that the afternoon could be spent highlighting students’ works, which they presented orally or via posters, which were judged by faculty panels. In addition, students’ artwork was on display and the student musicians and vocalists performed.

A highlight of the day was the awards ceremony, which was held at the end of the day.

Awards from four different categories were presented to students from three of the four university’s colleges and one school. Additionally, the Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award was presented to a student based on grade point average among students who attended University Campus for four years.

Receiving the Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award was Angelica Molina.

Read more about the awards and see the list of winners on the Saint Leo website here.

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