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Commencement 2019


Commencement Awards

Recipients of the following awards and prizes are nominated by the campus community and selected by College leadership.  The winners are announced and honored during the Commencement Ceremony, and their names are printed in the official Commencement program.

Crest Awards  

The Crest Awards are presented each year to three graduating seniors whose contributions to the Cedar Crest College community have not only made them the most outstanding student leaders of their class but have also helped build a stronger community. This tradition began in 1995, and is one of the many College traditions, which transcends time and captures the essence of the spirit of the women who have walked the campus grounds for more than 145 years.

Religio — the seated figure on the left of the seal that represents a student who strives to apply enduring standards of value to the circumstances of her life, to guide her own actions, and to demonstrate those values to others.

Libertas — the seated figure in the center of the seal lifts a lighted torch and represents a student who stands as a guardian of the liberal arts and the personal freedom of others.  

Scientia — the seated figure on the right of the seal represents a student who scans the globe for opportunities to extend her learning skills into the community for the benefit of others.

Frank M. Cressman Prize

Given by Dr. Frank M. Cressman, life trustee, to the senior who, having begun her college work at Cedar Crest College and having done most of it here, has attained the highest average during the four years, including credits and grades earned at other institutions under such programs as the Washington Semester and Junior Year Abroad.

Reuben J. Butz Prize 

Given by Reuben J. Butz and Lillian H. Butz to the senior who has done the most for Cedar Crest College in demeanor and attitude, in application to academic work and in influence among her fellow students.

Alumnae Prize 

Given by the Alumnae Association to the senior who, throughout her college life, has shown outstanding qualities of cooperation and responsibility and has contributed unselfish service to Cedar Crest College. 

Virginia (Ginny) M. Mihalik ’77 Prize 

Given by the class of 1977 in honor of Virginia (Ginny) Pityo Mihalik, a life member of the Alumnae Association and long-serving member of its Executive Board, including two terms as president; for her genuine interest in and dedication to students, their well-being and success.  This prize is awarded to the senior who embodies Ginny’s dedication to Cedar Crest College. 

School of Adult and Graduate Education’s  Endowed Prize for Academic Excellence 

This award is given to the undergraduate of the School of Adult and Graduate Education with the highest GPA over the most local Cedar Crest College credits earned.