University Awards for Graduating Students

University awards are presented at the Commencement ceremony.

The Rosemary Elliott Harder ’69 Award for Creative Leadership may be conferred on a graduating woman who has exhibited creative leadership and aptitude in her time at Stevenson University. The successful recipient will have experience where she has encouraged, cultivated, and implemented imaginative solutions and strategies. The student must be a graduating senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of her selection. 

The Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement Award may be conferred on one graduating student who has demonstrated the ability to achieve academically, to reach out to the needs of others at the University, and to persevere toward a goal while also managing major primary responsibilities outside Stevenson University life.

The Elizabeth McWethy Award may be conferred to one graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional creativity, manifested genuine concern for society, and has actively influenced the lives of others. 

The John Mitchell Award may be conferred on one graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding service to their community in a way that exemplifies the values of Stevenson University’s mission.

The Dorothy Stang Award may be conferred on one graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the founders of Stevenson University. Stang’s commitment to bringing social justice to the underprivileged in Brazil led to her murder. The award honors integrity, courage in the face of adversity, and a willingness to act on convictions without regard to consequence. Embodying the most cherished values that an education from Stevenson University instills in its students, the recipient of the Stang Award reaches out to members of the community who have financial, spiritual, social, or cultural needs. Our recipient is a "reflective and accomplished individual committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution" (Stevenson University Mission Statement).

The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award may be conferred one graduating student from each academic school of the University who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the University community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and been an agent for positive change in the University. 

The Outstanding Part-time Student Award may be conferred on one graduating part-time student who has demonstrated commitment to higher education, the determination to succeed, a high standard of academic achievement, and who has contributed in a tangible manner to the University while balancing many other personal and professional obligations.

The Provost's Award for Exceptional Scholarship is conferred from time to time on one graduating student who has performed academically in a particularly exceptional way, has demonstrated unique intellectual ability and initiative, and has contributed to the academic pursuits of their peers.

The President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement is conferred from time to time on a graduating student whose total performance has been marked in a striking fashion by singular creativity and by the depth of their intellectual interest and performance in all subject areas. 

The SU Pin Award is the most comprehensive honor the University may confer on one graduating student whose total personal performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence and integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in University or community affairs.