Department of Classics

Ethan Alexander a Dean's Distinguished Graduate

Mon, March 8, 2010
Ethan Alexander a Dean's Distinguished Graduate

Joshua Ethan Alexander, who will graduate in May with a degree in Ancient History and Classical Civilization, has been named one of this year's Dean's Distinguished Graduates.

Every year the College of Liberal Arts awards this title to 12 graduating seniors in honor of their outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service to the college. Instituted in 1980, this is the highest honor the College awards its students.

Raised in rural Texas in a family in which no one had yet attended college, Ethan began study at North Texas University when he was just 16, replacing what would normally be his junior year of high school with college work through the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.  Though he did well at North Texas, he decided that the Academy's science-centered program did not suit well his interests in Classical antiquity, so he continued his studies instead at a community college near his home and then joined the University as a major in Classical Civilization and Ancient History. 

Because he had fulfilled so many of his general requirements before he arrived, and because he took an exceptionally heavy load each semester and during the summer, Ethan was able to complete his degree at UT in only two years.

As he continued his studies in antiquity, Ethan realized a way he could put his interests to the best use: he plans to obtain a law degree with a specialty in antiquities law.  Ethan is an active member of UT's chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics honorary society, and with several other members of the chapter he will attend the organization's national convention in April.

This marks the third year in a row that a graduate of the Classics department has been named Dean's Distinguished Graduate.  Dhananjay Jagannathan received the honor in 2009, Megan Campbell and Christina Skelton in 2008.


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