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The University of Pittsburgh celebrated the achievements of graduate and professional students at the first-ever Graduate and Professional Students Honors Convocation.
In a change from previous years, the Honors Convocation will now be split into three ceremonies to give faculty, undergraduate and graduate and postdoctoral students more personalized acknowledgement of their successes.
The April 5 ceremony recognized students from across the University who have distinguished themselves through teaching, research, leadership and public service. Those acknowledged earned prestigious awards including Fulbright Scholarships, NASA and Department of Defense fellowships, and other highly competitive honors, to name a few.
Attendees heard from Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd and keynote speaker Darrell P. Wheeler, provost of Iona College.
“We were very pleased with the turnout for our first-ever Graduate and Professional Students Honors Convocation and impressed with the 135 graduate and professional students who were awarded over 30 prestigious national and international fellowships, awards and honors,” said Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Amanda Godley. “Dr. Darrell Wheeler’s keynote speech inspired everyone in the audience with his memories of graduate school at Pitt, his career path and his advice to students to use their research expertise as a catalyst for tackling bigger and more difficult societal issues.”
— Kara Henderson, photography by Aimee Obidzinski