The end of the semester at Widener University brings one of the highlights of our academic year: the Humanities Awards Ceremony. Of particular note for us are the special honors bestowed upon English and Creative Writing majors. This year’s Valedictorian and senior English major Emma Irving was singled out for particular recognition: named Distinguished Graduating Senior, she offered remarks on the value of the humanities and the transformative power of studying expressions of the human condition.
This year, two students were awarded the Certificate in Textual Scholarship: seniors Victoria Giansante and Emma Irving. Victoria and Emma have each completed four semesters in our signature program for undergraduate research.
The recipient of this year’s Allison Roelofs Award is sophomore English and Creative Writing double major Jasmine Kouyate. The Roelofs Award recognizes a student who demonstrates early-career excellence in our program.
This year’s Susan Hastie Memorial Award went to Taylor Blum, an English and Creative Writing senior. The Hastie Award is given to a senior who demonstrates quiet excellence and a commitment to the community of the English and Creative Writing Department.
We are so proud of all of these students!