Commencement 2016 Award Winners
The following students and faculty members are the recipients of Harvard Extension School's Commencement 2016 awards and prizes.
Commencement Speaker Award
- Alissa Renee Musto, undergraduate degree program
- Kristen Elizabeth Strezo, liberal arts and journalism graduate degree programs
- Michelle Noelle Moon, professional graduate degree programs
- Cheryl R. Greenwald, professional degree programs
- Chiwai Chow, management degree program
Dean’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis and Capstone
Awarded for the first time in 1996, the Dean’s Prize recognizes the thesis or capstone that embodies the highest level of imaginative scholarship. Prizes are awarded in each of the disciplines of the Extension School’s Master’s Degree Program.
Biology thesis: Carlin Fair Aloe
Psychology/clinical psychology thesis: Sukriti Drabu
Social science thesis: Tomoko Ito
International relations thesis: Haneen Khalaf
English thesis: Thomas John Deschenes
Government thesis: Freeha Riaz
Humanities thesis: Leonie Glen
Biotechnology thesis: Jessica Tobias Pinkham
Information technology thesis: Richard Kim
Mathematics for teaching thesis: Joel Thomas Patterson
Sustainability thesis: Nikolaos Georgoulias
Sustainability capstone, independent project: Jeffrey Sargent North
Sustainability capstone, consulting: Bethany Lauren Gorham
Journalism capstone: Laura Piper
Digital media capstone: Patrick Timothy O’Brien
Museum studies capstone: Michelle Noelle Moon
Klein Family history thesis prize: David Kent Zucker
Santo J. Aurelio Prize
This prize recognizes academic achievement and character for undergraduate degree recipients more than 50 years of age.
Recipient: Mary Beth Petersen-Unger
Derek Bok Public Service Prize
This prize is awarded annually to degree or certificate recipients at the Harvard Extension School, who, while pursuing academic studies and professional careers, also give generously of their time and skill to improve the quality of life for others in the larger community. The prize was established by generous gifts from the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.
Recipient: Reima Yosif Shakeir
Annamae and Allan R. Crite Prize
This prize is awarded to Extension School degree recipients who demonstrate "singular dedication to learning and the arts."
Recipient: David Ackerman and Matthew Justin Bach
Thomas Small Prize
The Thomas Small prizes are awarded annually on the basis of "academic achievement and character" to outstanding Master of Liberal Arts in extension studies degree recipients.
- First place: Guanyu Liu
- Second place: Catherine Robertson Matthews
Reginald H. Phelps Prize
These prizes are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and character to outstanding graduating students receiving Bachelor of Liberal Arts degrees in extension studies.
First prize: Saumya Arya Haas
Second Prize (tie):
- Robert Brently Knarr Cochran
- Mary Grace Velasco Navarro
Third Prize: Caitlin Connor Uze
The Katie Y.F. Yang Prize
This prize is awarded annually to the international graduate in the field of management with the most outstanding academic record.
- Stephen Joseph Dorgan
- Kayan Olivia Ho
The Harold V. Langlois Outstanding Scholar Award
This award recognizes a management graduate who has demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment and promise as a manager.
Recipient: Sanjaya T. Swamy
James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award
This award recognizes excellence in the teaching of writing in the Harvard Extension School.
Recipient: Rebecca Summerhays
Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award
This award recognizes exceptional teachers in business and management courses.
Recipient: Teo Nicolais
Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award
These prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding teaching in the Extension program.
- Mark Leighton
- Denise Snyder and Stacie Green
- Stephen Shoemaker
Dean Michael Shinagel Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award
These prizes are awarded to honor outstanding work by a teaching assistant in the Extension program
- Justin McCarty
- Michael Miner
- Charlotte Szilagyi