Edinboro Celebrates 2022 Academic Honors Convocation


Edinboro University administrators and faculty recognized students who received academic honors, departmental achievements and recognition from the Academic Honor Society during the Spring 2022 Academic Honors Convocation on Friday.

Edinboro University gathered on campus in the Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall for one of the university’s most prestigious ceremonies – to honor the excellence of Edinboro students.

“It is my pleasure today, along with other members of the Edinboro University community, to recognize the achievements of students and faculty members who embody our commitment to excellence and individual achievement,” said Dr. Scott Miller, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. “Through talent and hard work, all of our award winners have really excelled.”

Miller and outgoing Provost Mike Hannan officiated at Friday’s ceremony, which was also attended by academic leaders Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden, Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Business; dr Erinn Lake, Dean of the School of Education and Executive Director of the School of Graduate Studies; dr Deborah Kelly, acting dean of the College of Science and Health Professions; dr Roger Solberg, Principal of the Honors College at the University of Edinboro; and dr Katherine Robbins, Head of Athletics.

Gabriella Keebler, who will graduate summa cum laude with an Honors Diploma in Fine Arts – Studio Arts, provided the student address.

“As I get older, I feel a kind of pressure to move so quickly — to have a job, to start a family, to go through all the major milestones in life. But something I don’t hear a lot is move at your own pace,” said Keebler, who majored in graphic and interactive design and painting with minors in illustration and art history. “Everyone has ups and downs and hits those milestones at different times. I think it’s important to remember that you move at your own pace and on your own path.”

Edinboro recognized 52 students who earned summa cum laude (with 3.8-4.0 GPA), 51 students who earned magna cum laude (3.6-3.79), 60 students who earned cum laude (3.4- 3.59) and 14 students who earned associate degrees with distinction.

“The students we honor strive daily to reflect excellence in scholarship and leadership, and we are all very proud of their accomplishments,” said Dr. Dale, interim president of Edinboro University. “We strive to ensure they are committed to work that fuels their passion and enables them to serve their communities and the world at large. These individuals we recognize today represent the fulfillment of that mission.”

Edinboro University also recognizes outstanding professional graduates and students who have been inducted into the university’s academic honor societies.

In addition, Lauren Chiacchia (tennis) and Matthew Wehrle (cross country/track and field) received the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards.

Chiacchia is an economics major who scored her first collegiate win in a game against East Stroudsburg in October 2019. She is a three-time Edinboro and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar.

Wehrle is an environmental science major and a four-time fellow at the Edinboro and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He was also named an All-Academic Athlete by the United States Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association. He was part of the Fighting Scots’ last three PSAC Cross Country Championship teams.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to the female and male student-athlete who has the highest cumulative grade point average with 100 or more credits earned.

Visit EdinboroNow on YouTube to view the Academic Honors Convocation in its entirety.

Photo: Gabriella Keebler, who will graduate summa cum laude with an Honors Diploma in Fine Arts – Studio Arts, provided the student address.


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