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2018 End of Year Celebration

The end of the academic year for graduating degree-seeking students represents a series of celebrations. 2018 was no exception. We’d like to take a few moments to share some of these celebrations with you, capturing the excitement, emotion and grandeur of the commencement season.

We celebrated our class of 2018 graduating degree-seeking students with a Regalia Pickup event sponsored by the SPCS Alumni Association, our annual SPCS Night awards ceremony and our 56th annual SPCS Commencement Exercises.

On this page you’ll find statistics, slideshows, features and stories, videos and more that highlight some of the excitement that commencement brings. Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!

And congratulations to the SPCS class of 2018!

Number of 2018 SPCS Grads
Degree Types Awarded, 2018
Types of SPCS Night Awards

SPCS Night 2018 Award Recipients

Award Type Award Name Award Recipient

Commencement Participants

Richard W. Leatherman, Sr. & Ida Mae Leatherman Mace Award

Rebecca Hubbard

U.S. Flag Bearer

Elizabeth Stagg

University of Richmond Flag Bearer

Sunni Brown

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Banner Bearer

Sara Worley

Commencement Speakers

Student Speaker

Kendyl Crawley Crawford

Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award

Robert Reed, C’13

Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award

Wendell C. Roberts

Academic Scholarship

Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. Comprehensive Exams: Passing with Distinction

Colleen Connolly, Rebecca Rose, Sonya Smith

Education Leadership & Policy Studies Comprehensive Exams: Passing with Distinction

Maria Bartz, Sara Blackburn, Shelley Burns, Ben Court, George Fohl, Tracey Horvath, Toni Kilpatrick, Kadie Parsley, Elisa Tedona

Elizabeth Spindler Scott Book Scholarship Award

Thomas Dever

Golden Key International Honour Society Award

Sunni Brown, Kelly Maiden, Elisa Tedona

Joanita Bbaale Senoga Book Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence by a Student Whose Native Language is not English

Maria Diaz

The Stratton and Peggy Almond Memorial Book Scholarship Award

Kelly Davis (First Year), Joann Clack (Final Year)

Education Book Awards

James W. Lanham Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction

Amalia Kobelja

Catherine S. Fisher Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership

George Fohl, Jr.

Samuel E. Perry, Jr. and Nancy B. Perry Book Award (Grades K-6)

Jesse Lucabaugh

Ann C. Taylor Book Award (Grades 7-12)

Aline Dolan

HRM Book Awards

Steve Neal Book Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement

Shirley Emeh

Steve Neal Book Award for Outstanding Graduate Achievement

Lindsay Spann

ISYS Book Awards

George E. Christopher and George W. Swartz Memorial Book Award (Information Systems) 

Lucia Tsui

McDonald Davis Jr. Book Award (IT Management)

Chad Harris

Liberal Arts Book Awards

Investment Consultants and Management Company of Virginia Book Award

Sara Worley

Daniel McDonald Roberts and Frances Taylor Roberts Master of Liberal Arts Memorial Book Award

Sunni Brown

Nonprofit Studies Book Award

Louis J. Narduzzi Memorial Book Award

Mary Wood

Paralegal Studies Book Award

William R. Marshall Jr. Memorial Book Award

Rebecca Hubbard

Service Awards

Jean H. Proffitt Student Service Award

Kimberley Payne

Taylor Kie Cousins Award for Service to the University Community

Christopher Dilworth

Colonel (U.S.A., Ret.) Porcher L. Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. Book Award for Community Leadership

David Kern

SPCS Night 2018 Award Recipients
Richard W. Leatherman, Sr., and Ida Mae Leatherman Mace Award: Rebecca Hubbard
U.S. Flag Bearer: Elizabeth Stagg
University of Richmond Flag Bearer: Sunni Brown

SPCS Night 2018 Program

SPCS Commencement 2018 Program

Commencement Stories

SPCS Commencement 2018

SPCS Night Opening Montage

SPCS 56th Commencement Exercises

2018 Graduating Student Stories

Overcoming Challenges

Overcoming Challenges

SPCS Night 2018

Pillars of Support

Pillars of Support

SPCS Night 2018

Spider Pride and Gratitude

Spider Pride and Gratitude

SPCS Night 2018