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URI announces class of 2021 Academic Excellence Award winners

Posted 6/9/21

Each year, the University of Rhode Island honors graduating seniors for their superior academic achievement with a University Academic Excellence Award. Their selection is based on grade point average, as well as other criteria determined by their

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URI announces class of 2021 Academic Excellence Award winners

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Each year, the University of Rhode Island honors graduating seniors for their superior academic achievement with a University Academic Excellence Award. Their selection is based on grade point average, as well as other criteria determined by their individual academic departments. For example, criteria might include an honors project, a research presentation, or a student's professional promise.

The following Cranston students are the recipients of a 2021 University Academic Excellence Award:

Talia Parente earned an award from College of Arts & Sciences in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Franchesca Campos earned an award from College of Arts & Sciences in Africana Studies.

Curtis Bitton earned an award from College of Health Sciences in Kinesiology.

Megan Elias earned an award from College of Arts & Sciences in Anthropology.

Theresa Brown earned an award from College of Arts & Sciences in Journalism.

Oluwatoyin Okele earned an award from College of Arts & Sciences in English.

Sarah Richer earned an award from College of Health Sciences in Psychology and from the College of Arts & Sciences in Spanish.

Each recipient of a University Academic Excellence Award receives a certificate of academic excellence suitable for framing and a URI lapel pin. Awards were conveyed in a special ceremony held in Edwards Hall. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance was limited to award recipients with the event streamed live for family and friends.

“As educators, there is little we cherish more than the celebration of excellence – that is students who rise above the challenges and realize their full potential,” said URI Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Donald H. DeHayes. “This group of distinctly capable and resilient students that we honor today found a way to rise above and endure the challenges of the past 15 months. And through sheer grit, hard work and determination they stayed focused on their work and continued to perform at the absolutely highest level academically. We congratulate each of them for their spectacular achievements.”

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