SHEPHERDSTOWN — On Friday, April 19, Shepherd University held its 52nd McMurran Convocation in honor of its 2013 McMurran Scholars.
The ceremony was held in the Frank Center Theater as presented by the Faculty Center Scholarship and Awards Committee and presided over by Dr. Christopher Ames, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Shepherd President Dr. Suzanne Shipley.
This year’s McMurran Scholar inductees numbered 16, all receiving Shepherd’s highest academic honor. To qualify for induction, the students must have completed a minimum of 92 semester hours and have at least a 3.86 grade point average.
The first McMurran Scholars were named in 1961.
Being inducted this year were Matthew Alt (computer sciences, mathematics, and engineering), Nathan Arch (music)Victoria Chavez (psychology), Jessica Earle (political science), Ashley Laspina-Carriger (mass communications), and Trey Knepper and Charlee Fox, both from environmental and phyical sciences.
Marianne Davis majored in history and English, both Lindsey Hilditch and Bethany Knight were representatives of the English and Modern Languages department and Kelsey Mentzer majored in education.
Contemporary Art and Theater major Sarah Loy, Christopher Korcsmaros (business administration, family and consumer sciences), and biology majors Morgan Johnson and Cierra Hardt gave the McMurran Scholar class of 2013 a total of 16 members.
There were 12 Shepherd faculty members that presented this year’s McMurran Scholars at the convocation.
Following the hour-long ceremony, a reception was held at the Shepherd Wellness Center across from the Frank Center.