Dean Randy Diehl recognized 12 outstanding College of Liberal Arts students at a luncheon on May 15.
The Dean’s Distinguished Graduates Program was founded in 1980. Each May, 12 Liberal Arts graduates are selected on the basis of high achievements in scholarship, leadership and service to the College. The recognition of the Dean’s Distinguished Graduates has become an integral part of the spring commencement ceremony. A total of 406 students have been recognized over the past 34 years.
The event’s guest speaker was Brian Haymon, a UT Austin humanities alumnus and 1982 Dean’s Distinguished Graduate. Haymon’s support of higher education began at the age of 26, with Bob King, then dean of the College of Liberal Arts, invited him to join the Liberal Arts Advisory Council, on which he served for 13 years. Today, Haymon serves as CEO of SGS Petroleum Service Corporation.
A selection committee, composed of college faculty and staff, reviews the DDG nominations each year and ranks the nominees. The current members of this committee are:
This year’s Dean’s Distinguished Graduates are:
Cintia Preciado Hinojosa
Special Honors in Psychology
Samuel Augustus Jefferson Kieke
Special Honors in International Relations and Global Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Arabic Language and Literature
Sarah Michelle Lusher
Special Honors in English; History; Liberal Arts Honors
Daniel Brinson Muñoz
Special Honors in Philosophy; Linguistics
Patrick Gilbreath Naeve
Special Honors in Plan II Honors; Special honors in English; History; Liberal Arts Honors
David Hee Oh
Special Honors in Economics; Sociology; International Relations and Global Studies; Liberal Arts Honors; Mathematics
Ana Laura Rivera
Special Honors in Humanities; Government
Rebekah Maryssa Rodriguez
History; Sociology; Liberal Arts Honors
Aurora Mayté Salazar Ordoñez
Latin American Studies; History; Anthropology
Philip Ray Tryon
Special Honors in International Relations and Global Studies; Philosophy; Liberal Arts Honors
Andrew Tarver Wilson
Plan II Honors; History
Laura Sinisi Wright
Plan II Honors
Competition for Dean’s Distinguished Graduates is very close, and the selection committee would like to honor students who were nominated, but not selected, as an Honorable Mention in order to recognize their superior efforts in academics, service, and leadership.
The Honorable Mention recipients are:
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