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STAC Honors Convocation Ceremony Celebrates Outstanding Academic Achievements of Students

Apr 26, 2022

STAC Honors Convocation Ceremony Celebrates Outstanding Academic Achievements of Students

​For the first time in three years, St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) held their Honors Convocation in-person. This annual event honored 150 students for outstanding academic achievements as members of various honors societies of their disciplines, special academic award winners, and the members of the Distinguished Dean’s List, which is composed of students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters.

José D. Padilla, J.D., President of Valparaiso University, and STAC Trustee, gave the Convocation address and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He commended the students’ perseverance and persistence during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sharing inspirational stories of triumph, he encouraged students to continue to be servant leaders — living out their mission of helping others. Padilla also noted the transformative power of empathy as well as the value of communication to unite us through shared commonalities instead of differences​.

“I thank Dr. Padilla for being a role model for our students and helping them navigate through these challenging times,” said STAC President Ken Daly. “This celebration is for and about our students. We are extremely proud of the resolve they have shown in the face of adversity to achieve stellar accomplishments. We are also grateful to our faculty for the tremendous care for our students that they demonstrate on a daily basis to help fulfill our mission.”

Several students were recognized with special awards including Sean P. Leiper (Biology) recipient of Betty LaSala Award, recognizing Excellence in Science; Veronica Vuelva (Biology) and Kathryn M. Cambrea (Communication Arts) each received an Environmental Writing Award in Honor of Rachel Carson; and Kiera R. Egan (English) received the Jon Roberts Award for Excellence in Literary Studies.

Honor societies inducting students at the Convocation included: Alpha Chi for general studies; Alpha Mu Alpha for students involved with the American Marketing Association; Alpha Phi Sigma for Criminal Justice; Chi Alpha Sigma for student-athletes; Delta Mu Delta for Business Administration; Kappa Delta Pi for Teacher Education; Kappa Mu Epsilon for Mathematics; Phi Sigma Iota for Foreign Languages; Pi Gamma Mu for Social Science; Psi Chi for Psychology; ​SALUTE for veteran and active military students; Sigma Tau Delta for English; and, Sigma Zeta for students majoring in Natural, Forensic and Computer Sciences and Mathematics.  ​

6 students next to President Ken Daly and Chair of the Board Peter Skae smiling at stage after Honors Convocation ceremony

​For the first time in three years, St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) held their Honors Convocation in-person. This annual event honored 150 students for outstanding academic achievements as members of various honors societies of their disciplines, special academic award winners, and the members of the Distinguished Dean’s List, which is composed of students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters.

José D. Padilla, J.D., President of Valparaiso University, and STAC Trustee, gave the Convocation address and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He commended the students’ perseverance and persistence during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sharing inspirational stories of triumph, he encouraged students to continue to be servant leaders — living out their mission of helping others. Padilla also noted the transformative power of empathy as well as the value of communication to unite us through shared commonalities instead of differences​.

“I thank Dr. Padilla for being a role model for our students and helping them navigate through these challenging times,” said STAC President Ken Daly. “This celebration is for and about our students. We are extremely proud of the resolve they have shown in the face of adversity to achieve stellar accomplishments. We are also grateful to our faculty for the tremendous care for our students that they demonstrate on a daily basis to help fulfill our mission.”

Several students were recognized with special awards including Sean P. Leiper (Biology) recipient of Betty LaSala Award, recognizing Excellence in Science; Veronica Vuelva (Biology) and Kathryn M. Cambrea (Communication Arts) each received an Environmental Writing Award in Honor of Rachel Carson; and Kiera R. Egan (English) received the Jon Roberts Award for Excellence in Literary Studies.

Honor societies inducting students at the Convocation included: Alpha Chi for general studies; Alpha Mu Alpha for students involved with the American Marketing Association; Alpha Phi Sigma for Criminal Justice; Chi Alpha Sigma for student-athletes; Delta Mu Delta for Business Administration; Kappa Delta Pi for Teacher Education; Kappa Mu Epsilon for Mathematics; Phi Sigma Iota for Foreign Languages; Pi Gamma Mu for Social Science; Psi Chi for Psychology; ​SALUTE for veteran and active military students; Sigma Tau Delta for English; and, Sigma Zeta for students majoring in Natural, Forensic and Computer Sciences and Mathematics.  ​

For more information, please contact Annie Lombardi at 845.398.4016 or [email protected]

View photos of the event here​.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 72 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s approximately 2,000 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual-degree programs across four Schools: Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Education, and STEM. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a Top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.