College of Liberal Arts


Twelve graduating liberal arts seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.

The College instituted this award in 1980 to recognize graduating Liberal Arts students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service to the College and University community. It is the highest award the College offers and truly reflective of the remarkable caliber of our graduates. The students will be honored at the College of Liberal Arts spring commencement ceremony on May 24.

The 2019 Dean's Distinguished Graduates are:

  • Megan Abrameit, Humanities (Special Honors; College Honors) / Psychology
  • Sydney Bartlett, English (Special Honors; College Honors) 
  • Evelin Caro Gutierrez, Government (Special Honors; College Honors) / Philosophy
  • Luis De La Cruz, English (Special Honors; College Honors) / Linguistics
  • Jeremy Doran, Government (Special Honors; College Honors) / Political Communication Studies
  • Adrienne Epstein, Sociology (Special Honors; College Honors) / Government / Women's and Gender Studies
  • Laura Hallas, Plan II Honors Program / Economics / Health and Society
  • Quimberly Jasso, International Relations and Global Studies (Special Honors)
  • Wilhemina Loder, Classical Studies - Classical Archaeology / Geography
  • Scott J. Spivey, Plan II Honors Program/ Neuroscience Honors (Health Science Scholars)
  • Benjamin Vega, International Relations and Global Studies (Special Honors; College Honors) / Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Gabriella Velasco, Humanities (Special Honors; College Honors) / Sustainability Studies

Honorable Mention recipients:
  • Michael Ayala, American Studies (Special Honors) / Radio Television Film
  • Maddie Brunk, Psychology (Special Honors; College Honors)
  • Morgan Clark, Anthropology (Special Honors; College Honors) / Linguistics / English
  • James Collins, Government / Environmental Science (Bachelor of Science)
  • Ayana D'Aguilar, Plan II Honors Program / Islamic Studies / Asian Cultures & Languages - Hindi
  • Sarah Davidson, Rhetoric & Writing (Special Honors)
  • Stephanie Davidson-Mendez, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures (Special Honors) / Linguistics
  • Christina De Ayala, Human Dimensions of Organizations (Special Honors; College Honors)
  • Anna Dolliver, English (Special Honors; College Honors) / Asian Cultures and Languages - Chinese
  • Rachel Evans, Religious Studies (Special Honors) / Communication Science and Disorders - Audiology
  • Samantha Farmer, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Special Honors) / History
  • Natalie Fisher, American Studies (Special Honors) / Radio Television Film
  • Tatiana Guevara, Latin American Studies / Government
  • Kelly Hall, Linguistics / Plan II Honors Program
  • Lauryn Hanley, Classical Languages - Classics (Special Honors) / History / Classical Studies - Ancient History
  • Devon Hsiao, Humanities (Special Honors) / Asian Cultures & Languages - Korean
  • Matthew Lively, Government (College Honors) / History
  • Natalie Miller, Linguistics (Special Honors) / Music - Clarinet
  • Ashleigh Pearce, History (Special Honors)
  • Alia Pederson, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies / Neuroscience
  • Karla Peredo, International Relations and Global Studies (Special Honors) / Government
  • Lauren Piot, Human Dimensions of Organizations
  • John Saxton, Sociology / Biology
  • Tarika Srinivasan, Philosophy / Biochemistry Honors
  • Ashlyn Stavinoha, Religious Studies
  • Sarah Steele, German (Special Honors)
  • Josué Teniente, History (Special Honors; College Honors) / Sociology
  • Mason Tyler-Nyman, Economics (Special Honors) / Mathematics
  • Seton Uhlhorn, Asian Cultures & Languages - Hindi (Special Honors) / Plan II Honors Program
  • Hannah Wang, French / Biomedical Engineering

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Dean’s Distinguished Graduates, which has yielded more than 400 alumni who represent the best and the brightest graduates of the College of Liberal Arts. In 2009, the College created the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Association in an effort to better connect alumni to one another and the college.