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F&M Honors Graduating Seniors at Awards Ceremony

Members of the Franklin & Marshall College community and families of graduating seniors filled F&M’s Barshinger Center for Musical Arts to capacity on May 11 for the College’s Senior Awards Ceremony. Academic departments, institutes and programs presented awards to seniors, while students also were recognized for membership in honor societies.

Following an introduction by President Daniel R. Porterfield, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ann Steiner and Dean of the College Kent Trachte announced the awards by academic department as F&M professors presented the awards to students on the Barshinger stage.

A complete list of the awards presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony is available online.

  • Senior Awards Ceremony, 2012
  • F&M’s Christopher Fiorentini ’12 (left) shakes hands with Associate Professor of Biology Peter Fields in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at the College’s Senior Awards Ceremony on May 11. Fiorentini, a summa cum laude graduate, received six individual awards and was recognized for membership in several honor societies. (Photo by Tim Brixius)

Mona Lotfipour ’12 capped off her stellar academic career at Franklin & Marshall when she received the Stanley Craig Memorial Award, the most prestigious all-College honor awarded by members of the faculty. The award goes to the student who demonstrates the highest qualities of personality, character and involvement. Lotfipour, a Rouse Scholar at F&M, recently received a prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship for a year of postgraduate study in Ireland.

Other all-College award winners included Kevin Wojcik ’12, who received the Alice Distler Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in volunteer service in the community. Jessica Fuhrman ’12 won the Muhlenberg Goodwill Award, which goes to a senior who has exhibited growth in the comprehension of social issues, and who is dedicated to the improvement of social conditions in the larger community. During her junior and senior years at F&M, Fuhrman led a project to construct a school in Cambodia.

F&M’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, a national organization that aims to eliminate cancer in partnership with the American Cancer Society, won the Benjamin Peralta Award, which recognizes student organizations that have contributed in significant and meaningful ways to the College or the Lancaster community.