SPCS Night

2024 Awards Ceremony

We hosted our annual SPCS Night awards ceremony in Alice Haynes Theatre in the Modlin Center for the Arts. Award winners attended with their friends and family along with guests from across the university, faculty, staff and alumni. The event was also livestreamed for students, family and friends unable to attend the event in person.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Commencement Awards

  • Richard W. Leatherman, Sr., and Ida Mae Leatherman Mace Bearer: Adam Parsons
  • U.S. Flag Bearer: Dwayne Orlando Dick
  • University of Richmond Flag Bearer: Elizabeth Plowman
  • SPCS Banner Bearer: Sharitka Giles
  • Student Speaker: Zariah Chiverton, ’22
  • Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni: Annette Ardler, C’01
  • Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty: Elisabeth Wray, W’74, G’74

Academic Book Awards


  • James W. Lanham Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction: Lizzie Hayes
  • Catherine S. Fisher Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership: April Prentiss Page

Human Resource Management

  • Steve Neal Book Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement: Elizabeth “Betsy” Thomas
  • Steve Neal Book Award for Outstanding Graduate Achievement: Stephen Alexander and Paradee Field

Information Systems

  • Christopher and Swartz Memorial Book Award: Natasha Feher
  • McDonald Davis Jr. Book Award: Nathan Reddick and Jody Trainham

Liberal Arts

  • Kuehl Book Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program: Shannon Cooke
  • Daniel McDonald Roberts and Frances Taylor Roberts Master of Liberal Arts Memorial Book Award: Faye Parker

Nonprofit Studies

  • Louis J. Narduzzi Memorial Book Award: Melissa Haber

Paralegal Studies

  • William R. Marshall Jr. Memorial Book Award: Josephine Denny

Master of Teaching

  • Samuel E. Perry, Jr. and Nancy B. Perry Book Award (grades K-6): Reid McBride
  • Ann C. Taylor Book Award (grades 7-12): Matthew Nichol

Additional Awards and Honors

  • Jean H. Proffitt Student Service Award: Courtney Forstmann
  • Elizabeth Spindler Scott Book Scholarship Award: Jennifer Brooks
  • Taylor Kie Cousins Award for Service to the University Community: Ryan Carlson
  • Colonel (U.S.A., Ret.) Porcher L. Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. Book Award for Community Leadership: Kenneth André Davis
  • Joanita Bbaale Senoga Book Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence by a Student Whose Native Language is not English: Sanjin Harbas
  • Nonprofit Studies Graduate with Distinction: Rebecca Payne
  • Graduate Education Comprehensive Projects — Passed with Distinction: Kara Bleecher, Jackson Knox, Julie Rix, John Wilbert and Trupti Yates

If you'd like to learn more about these awards, review our Commencement Participants, Alumni Award, Faculty Awards, Student Awards and Academic Book Awards pages.

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