BY JESSICA JACOLBEAll students who have reached a high level of academic excellence and displayed exemplary talent and leadership were honored at this year’s Honors Convocation. Induction into Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national scholastic honor society, and Sigma Iota Chi, the honor society of SJC, took place as each inductee was congratulated on stage by Sister Loretta McGrann, Ph. D., Provost and Esther Berkowitz, Ph. D., respectively. The executive officers of the Student Government Association took their oath, being officially initiated into their SJC positions. This was then followed by the presentation of Club Presidents and Representatives who, together, embody the entire Senate of the SGA. Also being honored during this event were scholarship recipients, Vincent Ramos for the Sister George Aquin O’Connor Scholarship, Stefanie Burgio for the Blanche A. Knauth Scholarship, and Jessica Seliste for the Board of Trustees Scholarship.
The Honors Convocation celebrated the best and brightest of St. Joseph’s College, their success being measured by GPA’s, co-curricular activities, and content of character. Students were in academic attire, uniformly dressed in cap and gown, wishing they were dressed for their Graduation instead. It was evident from the presence of family, friends, and professors that these students were special. As each name was called, one right after the other, and students rushed on and off stage, they all seemed to look the same. Young, self-effacing students, pretending that they would rather be somewhere else on a Thursday night, knew, however, that among the entire student body, that they accomplished something recognizable. As Millennials, we are stereotyped and criticized for being the generation that celebrates and rewards every little accomplishment, even participation. How are we to distinguish ourselves from the rest when everyone is alike? Even among the students at the Honors Convocation, they must each find a way to make themselves unique. At St. Joseph’s College, they already have.