2023 Honors Convocation - Coastal Carolina University
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2023 Honors Convocation

Honors College Students

Honors Convocation Recognitions

Departmental Awards

Departmental Awards recognize outstanding academic accomplishments by students as well as contributions to the academic quality of the department. Candidates are nominated and selected by the college faculty. Select a student's name from the list below to learn more about their accomplishments.


Conway Medical Center College of Health and Human Performance

Master of Science in Sport Management Cari Rosiek
Exercise and Sport Science Alexis Coleman
Health Administration Diana Hernandez Rodriguez
Nursing Madison Candler
Public Health Bailey Ruhf
Recreation and Sport Management Chelsea Jameson


E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration

Master of Accountancy Trenton Friedman
Master of Business Administration Lina Perugini
Accounting Carl Curtiss
Economics (B.S.B.A) Michael Reiss
Finance Bailey Ruhf
Hospitality, Resort, and Tourism Management Erin Malone
Management Leah Tashian
Marketing Jessica Nicosia


Gupta College of Science

Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies Zachary Czoer
Santee Cooper Master of Science in Information Technology James Olivencia
Applied Mathematics Emma Keiner
Applied Physics Grant McCager "Cage" Mitchell
Applied Statistics Tyler Rielly

Biochemistry Anna Tingler
Biology Matthew Defreitas
Computer Science Auston Hefling
Engineering Science Julianna Davis
Information Systems Elyssa Sexton
Information Technology Breanna Thornell
Marine Science Tiffani McNeil
Psychology Devi Spletzer


HTC Honors College

Sustainability and Coastal Resilience Katelyn Cilino 
Women's and Gender Studies Brianne Mack-Bingham


Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences

Ph.D. in Education Kristy Floyd
Master of Arts in Teaching John Smith, Jr.
Master of Education in Educational Leadership Kimberlyn Mendez
Master of Education in Instructional Technology Angélica Rainwater
Master of Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture Christopher Bonanny

Master of Education in Special Education Jessica Basyari
Anthropology and Geography Hannah Truman
Criminal Justice Jaqueline Badillo

Early Childhood Education Gabriella Dintino
Elementary Education Alexa Passamonti
Middle-Level Education Mary Morgan
Physical Education Callie Bryant
Political Science Margaret “Megan” Shoop
Sociology Adonya Pertell
Special Education Teresa Antunes


Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Master of Arts in Communication Oscar McConnell
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Richard Anderson
Master of Arts in Music Technology Dani Gainey
Master of Arts in Writing Emma Streberger
Art History & Visual Arts Ava Starnes
Art Studio Autumn Belvin
Communication, Media, and Culture Dyneira Brown
Digital Culture and Design Leslie Shattuck
English Evelyn Scott
Graphic Design Tiera Rivers
History Valentina Bermejo
Intelligence and National Security Studies Kristian Nesheim
Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.I.S. Ola Louisa Watson

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.I.S. Jordan Roballo
Languages and Intercultural Studies Margaret “Megan” Shoop
Music Samuel Hickman
Philosophy Joshua Hackley
Religious Studies James Lundie
Theatre (B.A.) Cooper McGill
Theatre Arts (B.F.A.) Alexa Castro-Giovanni
Visual Communication Design Jason Orcutt

Recognitions and Awards

In addition to the departmental awards, other students recognized at the Honors Convocation include the following:

University Honors College Class of 2023

The primary mission of the Honors College at Coastal Carolina University is to encourage and assist honors students in developing reasoning, intellectual, leadership, decision-making, organizational, and social skills through high-quality, challenging classroom instruction and participation in community service projects.

Brown Scholars

The Brown Scholars are a select group of three to six Coastal Carolina University students who educate and mentor students in the Each One Teach One Entrepreneurship Institute. The scholars are trained by the director and by the advisory board of  Each One Teach One. The scholars deliver workshops on life and leadership skills to middle and high school students in the Conway area.  Scholars are community leaders, enthusiastic educators, and caring role models.

Dyer Fellows

The focus of the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy is to engage students in active learning opportunities where they may gain knowledge in various areas of policy research. The goal is to provide students with experience that will connect academic theory to practice as well as foster the importance of civic-minded citizens.

Jackson Scholars

Students are chosen every other year for Coastal Carolina University’s two-year Jackson Scholars program, established in 2004 to cultivate and promote awareness in students of the importance of personal and professional integrity.

Swain Scholars

Established through the generous donation of Kenneth Swain of Myrtle Beach, the scholarship and credit-bearing Swain Scholars program develops students in community health outreach through coursework, training and internships.

Teaching Fellows

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a scholarship program funded by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). The program supports high-achieving South Carolina high school students who wish to pursue a degree in education. Following graduation, scholarship recipients must teach in a state public school for a minimum of three years. The Teaching Fellows receive professional development and as serve in leadership roles. CCU is one of only 11 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellows Institution, and is highly competitive in receiving 20-25 students each year.

Wall Fellows

Founded in 1995, the University's Wall Fellows program is a unique organization designed to prepare top business, science and humanities students for high-level careers in major U.S. and international corporations and organizations.