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Congrats, Class of 2020!

  • Commencement 2019
    Commencement 2019
May 08, 2020
It won’t be quite the same as a shower of flutterfetti on the Campus Lawn, but the virtual Senior Awards ceremony premiering May 22 on YouTube will feature some of your favorite faculty personalities recognizing seniors for outstanding achievement.

Students have completed their course assignments, taken their final exams, and said their good-byes to professors and classmates on Canvas. As the COVID-19 public health crisis disrupted the spring semester, our graduating seniors and faculty have adapted brilliantly, turning to digital platforms and social media to mark the milestones of the final semester.

Washington College is right there with you. Even while we are planning to host commencement ceremonies on campus this fall, we couldn’t let this opportunity pass to recognize the achievements of this graduating class. College President Kurt Landgraf, Provost and Dean of the College Patrice DiQuinzio, Class President Andrew Berry, and Alumni Board Chair Pat McMenamin ’87 P’16 will deliver video messages to the Class of 2020; departmental chairs will present the Senior Awards, and Provost DiQuinzio will announce the recipients of those prizes conferred by the entire faculty and typically presented during Commencement:

The Jane Huston Goodfellow Memorial Prize

To a graduating senior, majoring in science, who has an abiding appreciation of the arts and humanities and has shown scholastic excellence. 

The Gold Pentagon Awards

To one senior and one alumnus, faculty, or friend of the College, selected by the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, in recognition of meritorious service to Washington College.

Sophie Kerr Prize

To the senior having the best ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor. 

The Louis L. Goldstein ’35 Award

To a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated unusual interest, enthusiasm, and potential in the field of public affairs.

Eugene B. Casey Medal

To a senior woman voted by the faculty to be outstanding in the qualities of scholarship, character, leadership, and campus citizenship.

Henry W.C. Catlin 1894 Medal
To a senior man voted by the faculty to e outstanding in the qualities of scholarship, character, leadership, and campus citizenship.

Clark-Porter Medal

To the student whose character and personal integrity, in the opinion of the faculty, have most clearly enhanced the quality of campus life. Presented by Charles B. Clark, Class of 1934, in memory of Harry P. Porter, Class of 1905.

George Washington Medal and Award

To the senior who shows the greatest promise of understanding and realizing in life and work the ideals of a liberal education.

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22, as we raise a virtual toast to the Class of 2020.

Graduating seniors can expect to receive their college transcripts by June 15, and are invited to return to campus to receive their diplomas in person on October 17. Details are available here.


Last modified on May. 12th at 7:22am by Marcia Landskroener.