Mur­chake, Per­due earn bach­e­lor’s de­grees

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School -

WEST­MIN­STER, MD — Mc­Daniel Col­lege awarded more than 600 un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate de­grees dur­ing the Col­lege’s 148th com­mence­ment cer­e­mony on May 19.

Hanna El­iz­a­beth Mur­chake of Stevensville grad­u­ated cum laude with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in Psy­chol­ogy.

Emma Marie Per­due of Gra­sonville grad­u­ated magna cum laude with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in Bi­ol­ogy. She also earned Honors in Bi­ol­ogy.

Com­mence­ment speaker was Mc­Daniel Col­lege Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus Fran­cis “Skip” Fen­nell, math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion ex­pert and ad­vi­sor for the Emmy award-win­ning PBS shows “Peg + CAT” and “Odd Squad.”

Aca­demic honors given at grad­u­a­tion in­clude summa cum laude for a cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age of 3.9 or higher, magna cum laude for a cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age of 3.70 to 3.89 and cum laude for a cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age of 3.50 to 3.69. Carolina, as mem­bers of Ge­orge­town RISE (re­silience, in­no­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, ed­u­ca­tion), a United Na­tions re­gional de­vel­op­ment cen­ter.

The stu­dents were paid $1,500 for the se­mes­ter, and worked for the Ge­orge­town In­no­va­tion Cen­ter, the City of Ge­orge­town, the Vil­lage Group, the Es­tu­ar­ine Re­serve, the Surfrider Foun­da­tion, the Town of Paw­leys Is­land, the Wac­ca­maw Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, Ge­orge­town parks and re­cre­ation, Ge­orge­town pub­lic works, Ge­orge­town code en­force­ment and Ge­orge­town eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The Bun­nelle Foun­da­tion spon­sored four in­tern­ships.

Dur­ing their in­tern­ships, the stu­dents were able to work on or as­sist with a va­ri­ety of projects, from cre­at­ing tiny homes to de­vel­op­ing a bi­cy­cle tour. At the cul­mi­na­tion of the in­ter­ships, the stu­dents pre­sented some of their work and how their ex­pe­ri­ence tied to one of the United Na­tions’ 17 sus­tain­able goals.

DiMarzo is a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence ma­jor.

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