A packed crowd filled the HUB Ballroom Sunday, June 14 to celebrate the 2015 CEE graduating class. CEE chair Greg Miller emceed the event, which featured several speakers, faculty and student awards, and a reception following the program.
Nigel Lyons, elected student speaker by the 2015 BSCEs, expressed gratitude to the people who profoundly impacted his time in More Hall: professors, TAs, staff, parents, and peers. Joe Mahoney, voted CEE faculty speaker, provided “a few thoughts and suggestions” for the graduating class in his keynote. Among his reflections, Mahoney endorsed traveling as much as possible outside the U.S., accumulating life stories, and affirmed that success is highly correlated with sweat.
The annual CEE department awards were also presented, honoring both faculty and students. Faculty awards, determined by the vote of graduating CEE students, were presented in recognition of outstanding teaching and mentorship. Amy Kim received the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Students described Kim as always having time to assist students with career and graduate school advice, and that “she has already been able to get many undergraduate and graduate students excited about green/sustainable construction.”
The 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award went to Alex Horner-Devine, who was noted for his enthusiasm, humor, and dedication to teaching. “Not only did he take the time to make sure we understood the concepts behind each equation we were using in class, he did so while accommodating multiple learning styles,” wrote a student.
Darcy Akers and Nigel Lyons were honored with the Neil and Ann Hawkins Prize. Established by Professor and former Chair Neil Hawkins and his wife, Anna, the award recognizes two BSCE graduates who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership, and service to the civil engineering community and department.
New this year was the Chair’s Award, presented to graduating senior Nick Orsi. A member of the Concrete Canoe Team, several honor societies, and an ASCE officer, Orsi has demonstrated leadership and academic excellence while pursuing study abroad and internship experiences.
The tradition continued this year of recognizing the 50th reunion class in the CEE Graduation Celebration. Those in attendance from the class of 1965 were provided a Stole of Gratitude and invited to walk in the procession with faculty and graduates.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015!
To see all of the photos from the graduation celebration, view the Flickr album.