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Awards Tradition Moves to Commencement Event

The pomp and circumstance of Notre Dame College’s 82nd commencement on May 13, 2006 celebrated the accomplishments of 133 bachelor’s degree recipients and 36 master’s degree candidates.

Among these students, three received special honors recognizing their achievements and contributions to Notre Dame during their college career.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Award

When the St. Catherine of Alexandria Award was first given at Notre Dame College in 1956, the College was one of only two institutions to award the medal. Now over 80 colleges in the United States and Canada affiliated with the national Catholic college honor society Kappa Gamma Pi present the award.

Beginning in 2006 the St. Catherine Award was presented to an outstanding master’s degree candidate who exemplified the high ideals of a Catholic college education while at Notre Dame. The recipient is chosen by the College’s education faculty on the basis of leadership, scholarship, and service to and support of the College and community at large.

This year’s recipient, Lisa A. Shields, earned her master’s degree in mild/moderate special education. She is an intervention specialist for grades K-5 at Re-Education Services in Perry, Ohio.

Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn Award

The inaugural Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn Award is named in honor of the woman who founded the Weekend College and worked as a pioneer in adult education.

Recipients of the award, which honors the achievements of an adult student, must attain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and embody the characteristics inscribed on the custom-made Wisdom Bowl presented to them: “Scholarly, Catalyst, Diligent, Resilient.”

The award recipient, Michele L. Miller, is a graduate from the Weekend College program. The business management major earned a 3.9 grade point average over her four years at Notre Dame while working full time for FirstEnergy Corporation as Supervisor for Customer Billing.

The Wisdom Bowl that Miller received was designed by Sr. Megan Dull ’71.

Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award

The newly created Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award is presented by the president of Notre Dame College to a student who embodies the qualities evident in the life and service of Sr. Mary Agnes: honesty, trustworthiness, a commitment to excellence and selfless service to Notre Dame College and the larger community.

The first ever recipient of the Bosche Award is Nicholas Somich. The English and secondary education major is a member of Kappa Gamma Pi and was recognized by Who’s Who Among Universities and Colleges. While at Notre Dame he served as a resident assistant, a peer tutor, and a member of the Orientation Team. He was also the chief editor of the campus newspaper, Notre Dame News, and performed in College Vocal Ensemble.

Somich is now teaching at Willoughby South High School.