• Special Academic Awards

    2020 Academic Achievement Awards

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    Robert H. Kyle Award for Excellence in Liberal Studies

    This award, established by Worcester State University Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Dr. Bobbi Kyle and her family, in memory of Robert H. Kyle, who embraced lifelong learning and interdisciplinary education, is given to the highest-ranking, graduating senior majoring in liberal studies.

    Katie Commerford ‘20

    Katie Commerford will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree having double-majored in liberal studies (in the areas of political science and public policy), and English (with a concentration in writing). During her journey at Worcester State University, Katie completed a leadership program in Washington, D.C., lobbying Congress, and has been inducted into numerous honor societies, including Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, and also completed the Commonwealth Honors Program. Throughout her time at Worcester State, Katie gained valuable advocacy and interdisciplinary research skills from her liberal studies major and strong writing and communication skills from her English major. Katie spent her final semester of undergraduate studies interning with the U.S. Department of Defense in the Near East South Asia Center. There, she gained greater career discipline and planning skills as she researched international relations. Her experience studying political science and lobbying led her to be passionate about human rights within the political world and begin pursuing a career in the human rights/public policy area of modern-day politics.

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Award

    This award is given to the highest-ranking graduating senior with a concentration in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

    Abigail Stone

    Abigail Stone is currently the principal client relationship executive at a local financial and insurance services business, where she has been mentored by alumnus Larry Sasso ‘90. In addition, Abby works as a writing tutor at both Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College. Upon graduation, Abby has accepted a position with TJX, whose global workforce is 78 percent women. As a business major who also concentrated in management, Abby wanted to form a better understanding as to what it means to be a woman in the world we live in today. The women's, gender, and sexuality studies concentration has allowed her to study women's issues from around the world and throughout history. She plans on pursuing her master’s degree in management or a related field soon. Abby would like to express gratitude to the female professors who have helped guide her throughout her academic journey, including Dr. Kristin Waters, Dr. Lisa Wark, Dr. Miriam Plavin-Masterman, Dr. Laurie Dahlin, Dr. Elizabeth Bidinger, and Dr. Christina Santana.