University (Senior) Awards and Honors
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Frank J. Bailey, Sr. Award
An award, the gift of the Bailey family, in memory of their father Frank J. Bailey, given to the graduating senior with a distinguished academic record in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
John Bapst, S.J., Philosophy Award
An award in honor of John Bapst, S.J., given to the student whose overall performance in philosophy courses has been outstanding.
J. Robert Barth, S.J., Award for Excellence in the Arts
An award in honor of the Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences (1988–1999), who established and nurtured departments and programs in the arts. This award is presented annually to a senior who has made outstanding contributions to Boston College in the fine or performing arts.
Andres Bello Award in Spanish
An award offered by Dr. Paul William Garber and Dr. Philip C. Garber, Consuls of Chile in Boston, given to a senior who has excelled in Spanish.
George F. and Jean W. Bemis Award
An award in memory of George Fisher Bemis (1899–1971) and Jean Wilmot Bemis (1903–1987) of Milton, MA, a devoted couple quietly of service to others and with whom it was a delight to work. The award seeks to single out a member of the senior class distinguished for service to others.
Albert A. Bennett Award
In honor of Albert A. Bennett (1888–1971), an accomplished mathematician, distinguished teacher, and a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Boston College from 1962–1971. This award is given to a member of the senior class, who demonstrates a high level of mathematical achievement and who, in their undergraduate years, has shown interest in or a desire for a career in teaching.
Wendy Berson Language Award
An award, the gift of Mrs. Solomon Berson in memory of her daughter, Wendy Berson, given to the senior who demonstrates excellence in the area of Romance Languages in general and, specifically, the ability to speak one or more languages with great expertise.
Laetitia M. Blain Award for Excellence in Musical Performance
An award named in honor of Laetitia M. Blain, Musician-In-Residence at Boston College (1975–2000). This award is given annually to a senior who has contributed to the musical life on campus in a significant and outstanding way.
Alice E. Bourneuf Award
In honor of Alice E. Bourneuf, Professor of Economics at Boston College (1959–1977), this award is given to an outstanding senior in Economics based on achievement in both major and non-major courses, strength of curriculum, quality of written and creative work, and attitude toward the study of Economics.
Francis A. Brick Award
An award, the gift of Mrs. Francis A. Brick, in memory of her husband, Francis A. Brick, LL.D. 1896, given to the student who has been outstanding in character, loyalty, leadership, and scholarship during their four years at Boston College.
The Dr. Donald S. Brown Award
The Donald S. Brown Award was established in honor of the former director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs from 1978–2005. This award honors a senior who throughout their undergraduate career has made extraordinary contributions to the Boston College community in ways that have benefited AHANA students in the areas of leadership, service and academic development.
Donald S. Carlisle Award
An award established by the Department of Political Science in memory of Donald S. Carlisle, Professor of Political Science at Boston College (1968–1997), given each year to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in political science.
Normand Cartier Award
The Normand Cartier Award is given to a senior who is a member of the Lambda Psi Chapter of the Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society and has demonstrated leadership in promoting French and francophone literature and culture in the Boston College community.
Brendan Connolly, S.J., Award
An award in honor of Brendan Connolly, S.J. (1913–1974), Director of Libraries at Boston College (1959–1974), a witty and deeply loyal man who loved books and respected learning. This award is made to a member of the senior class who is distinguished for the same characteristics.
Matthew Copithorne Scholarship
An award given to a graduate, exhibiting qualities of character, industry, and intelligence, and plans to do graduate study at Harvard or MIT.
Cardinal Cushing Award
An award donated by Francis Cardinal Spellman, in honor of Richard Cardinal Cushing, given annually to an undergraduate student for the best writing in fiction published in a Boston College undergraduate publication.
Joseph G. and Margaret M. Dever Fellowship
Founded by Robert Muse, Esq. ’42, in honor of his classmate, Joseph Dever, the cash grant is given to a graduating senior who shows promise of a career in writing.
John D. Donovan Award
An award named in honor of John D. Donovan (Boston College, A.B. 1939; M.A. 1941; Harvard, Ph.D. 1951), Professor of Sociology (1952–1988). The Department of Sociology presents this award to the undergraduate student who submits the best paper written for a course in sociology during the previous year.
Patrick Durcan Award
An award, the gift of Mrs. J. Greer, in memory of her brother, Rev. Patrick Durcan, given to the student whose overall performance in history courses has been outstanding.
Figurito Family Award for Scholarly Achievement in Italian
An award presented in honor of Joseph Figurito, Professor of French and Italian at Boston College for over half the twentieth century, to a senior for scholarly achievement in Italian.
The Deborah Fine Award
An annual gift, established in 2004, given by Ms. Judith Fine in memory of her daughter, a member of the Class of 1981. This award is given to a female member of the senior class who is going on to medical school in the fall.
Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Award
An award in memory of Rev. Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., given to the student who has best exemplified in their four years at Boston College the spirit of the College motto, “Ever to Excel.”
Mary A. and Katherine G. Finneran Commencement Award
An award, the gift of Misses Elizabeth and Theresa Finneran, given to the student who has achieved outstanding success in studies, while also devoting time and talents to other activities for the enrichment of the College and student life.
William A. Gamson Award
An award established by the Department of Sociology in honor of William A. Gamson, given each year to a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement in sociology.
Thomas I. Gasson, S.J., Award
An award in honor of Thomas I. Gasson, S. J., President of Boston College (1907–1914), given to the graduating senior with a distinguished academic record over a four-year period.
General Excellence Award
A gift of the Philomatheia Club, given to the student who has achieved general excellence in all branches of studies during their entire four years at Boston College.
An award sponsored by the Giffuni Family Fund in honor of Vincent Giffuni (BC ’65), given to a senior who has written an outstanding thesis in economics.
The George J. Goldsmith Award
An award given in memory of longtime Physics Department faculty member George J. Goldsmith, who is remembered for both his scholarship and his selfless dedication to the students of Boston College, this award is given annually to a graduating physics major in recognition of excellence in academic achievement and research.
John L. Heineman Award
This award was established by the History Department in honor of the late John L. Heineman, a challenging and inspirational colleague (1963–2003), a Renaissance man, and a master teacher. It is given each year to a graduating senior in recognition of exceptional historical scholarship.
Janet Wilson James Essay Prize
An award in memory of Professor Janet Wilson James, historian and feminist scholar, given to a senior distinguished for scholarship in women’s studies.
The David A. Karp Award
An award in honor of David A. Karp, Professor of Sociology from 1971–2012. While leading the Sociology Honors Program, he inspired generations of students to strive for insightful sociological listening and beautiful writing that is the hallmark of his work.
William A. Kean Memorial Award
An award, the gift of James M. Kean in memory of his brother, William A. Kean ’35, given to that member of the graduating class deemed the outstanding English major.
Bishop Kelleher Award
An award donated by Francis Cardinal Spellman in honor of The Most Reverend Louis F. Kelleher, given to an undergraduate student for the best writing in poetry published in a Boston College undergraduate publication.
William J. Kenealy, S.J., Award
An award in memory of the late William J. Kenealy, S.J., Dean of the Boston College Law School (1939–1956), whose life was distinguished by a passion for social justice. This award is given to the graduating senior who has been distinguished in both academic work and social concern.
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Award for Excellence in the Academic Study of Music
An award given in honor of the co-founder, long-term chair, and guiding spirit of the Music Department to an outstanding senior who has shown consistent excellence in the academic study of Music.
Joseph M. Larkin, S.J., Award
An award presented annually to the senior member of the Boston College Dramatics Society who has most clearly exhibited the qualities of dedication and integrity exemplified by the life and career of Rev. Joseph M. Larkin, S.J.
John Henry Lawton Award
An award presented in memory of John Henry Lawton, to the member of the senior class who has shown outstanding scholarship in the Department of Communication.
Allison R. Macomber, Jr., Award in the Fine Arts
Two awards established and supported primarily by gifts from the Horbach Fund for outstanding work in the Fine Arts in honor of Allison R. Macomber, Jr., Artist-in-Residence at Boston College, 1963–1979, whose presence and teaching opened the eyes not only of his students but of the entire community to the greatness and wonders of art.
J. Paul Marcoux Award
An award in honor of J. Paul Marcoux, Professor of Theater at Boston College (1964–1994), presented annually to a senior Theater major for excellence and growth, both academically and artistically, over their four years at Boston College.
Richard and Marianne Martin Award
In memory of Richard and Marianne Martin for their dedication to the ideals of art, and for their unstinting devotion to the goals and values of Boston College. Two awards are given by the Boston College Friends of Art; one to an outstanding scholar in art history, the other to a student who excels in studio art.
Denis A. McCarthy Award
The Denis A. McCarthy Award is given to an undergraduate for outstanding work in creative writing.
John McCarthy, S.J., Award
An award established in memory of Rev. John McCarthy, S.J., a most beloved scholar, faculty member, and Dean in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, for those whose Scholar of the College projects are deemed most distinguished in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences and in History.
Gail A. McGrath Award
An award presented in memory of Dr. Gail A. McGrath, a beloved professor of Communication at Boston College (1966–1997), to a member of the senior class pursuing a graduate degree in Communication.
Albert McGuinn, S.J., Award
This award is in memory of the late Albert McGuinn, S.J., long-time Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Boston College, and presented to the senior candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree. The recipient has most successfully combined proficiency in a major field of study with achievements, either academic, extracurricular, or a combination of both, in the social sciences or humanities.
Henry J. McMahon Award
In memory of Henry J. McMahon, faculty member and Associate Dean at Boston College (1946–1984). This award is given annually to the graduating senior of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has been accepted at a law school and who has been distinguished by scholarship, loyalty, and service to the College.
The John J. Neuhauser Award in Computer Science
An award given to the senior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in computer science.
John F. Norton Award
An award in honor of John F. Norton ’22, Boston College professor (1926–1965), given to the student who best personifies the tradition of humanistic scholarship.
Cardinal O’Connell Theology Award
An award, the gift of the late William Cardinal O’Connell, given to the student whose overall performance in theology courses has been outstanding.
The Thomas H. O’Connor Award
An award established by the History Department in honor of the late Thomas H. O’Connor, who taught in the department from 1950–1999, and who also served as Boston College University Historian. It is given each year to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of American history.
Princess Grace of Monaco Award
An award offered by Dr. Helene Day, Consul of Monaco, and Dr. Paul William Garber and Dr. Philip C. Garber, Consuls of Chile in Boston, given to a senior who has excelled in French.
E. Paul Robsham Distinguished Service Award
An award given annually by the Theater Department to the graduating senior, who though seldom sharing the spotlight, has worked with exceptional professionalism, dedication, creativity and enthusiasm behind the scenes to bring the benefits of the theater to the Boston College community.
Paul J. Sally, Jr., Award
A cash award, in honor of Paul J. Sally, Jr., ’54, ’56, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, a highly esteemed mathematician well known for his many contributions to mathematical endeavors at all levels. This award is bestowed on senior mathematics majors who demonstrate excellence in mathematics coursework of a particularly demanding nature.
Secondary Education Minor Award
This award is conferred on a student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has completed the Secondary Education Program within the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and has achieved distinguished success as a student teacher.
Harry W. Smith Award
An award, the gift of the Smith Family, in memory of Harry W. Smith, a leader in corporate and community philanthropic work, to honor a member of the senior class who has used personal talents to an exceptional degree in the service of others.
Dr. Joseph R. Stanton, M.D., ’42 Award
This award is a gift from Stanton Medical Associates in memory of Joseph Stanton, M.D. ’42. The award is intended for a graduating senior who has been accepted by a medical school and who has been outstanding in character, loyalty, leadership, and scholarship at Boston College.
Dr. Joseph S. Stanton Memorial Award
An award, the gift of Doctors Richard Stanton ’38 and Joseph R. Stanton ’42 in memory of their father, Joseph Stanton who was also a doctor. The award is given to the student who has been accepted to a medical school and who has been outstanding in character, loyalty, leadership, and scholarship at Boston College.
Tully Theology Award
An award given in memory of the late Dennis H. Tully, given to the student who has written the best paper on a theological subject.
Max Wainer Award
An award, the gift of Anneliese K. Wainer, Ph.D., ’72, in honor of her husband, Max Wainer, given annually to the senior who is deemed the outstanding student in Classics.
Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Award
Presented to a member of the senior class in honor of Father Donovan, founding Dean of the School. The recipient exhibits superior leadership, academic, and innovative qualities, and demonstrates excellence in professional and personal commitment, with a genuine concern for the needs and values of others.
General Excellence Award
Presented to a senior who has at the same time manifested outstanding achievement in all courses of study during four academic years and qualifies for teaching licensure.
Saint Edmund Campion Award
Presented for excellence in an academic major.
Reverend Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Nominee Award
Presented to the Lynch School nominee for the top undergraduate prize given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the qualities of excellence, humility, and service to others and who best epitomizes the University's motto, "Ever to Excel."
Dr. Marie M. Gearan Award
Presented in honor of Professor Gearan, a member of the original faculty and first Director of Student Teaching, to a member of the senior class for outstanding academic achievement, campus leadership, and distinguished success as a student teacher.
Saint Richard Gwyn Award
Presented to a member of the senior class for outstanding promise as a secondary teacher.
Reverend Henry P. Wennerberg, S.J., Award
Presented in honor of Father Wennerberg, first spiritual counselor in the School, to a member of the senior class who is outstanding for participation and leadership in school and campus activities.
John J. Cardinal Wright Award
Presented in honor of Cardinal Wright to that senior who has shown expert use of creativity and imagination in the area of motivation, and at the same time is dedicated to high educational ideals.
John A. Schmitt Award
Presented to a member of the senior class who, as Professor Schmitt did, has consistently demonstrated compassion for fellow human beings, integrity in dealings with others, diligence in his or her profession, and courage in the pursuit of what he or she believes to be right.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent P. Roberts Award
Presented to a member of the senior class who is distinguished for loyalty to the ideals and purposes of the Lynch School.
James F. Moynihan, S.J., Award
Presented in honor of Father Moynihan, first chair of the Psychology Department and Professor of Psychology in Education for many years, to a student in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Program, who has shown superior scholarship, contributed creatively to the well-being of others, and has manifested dedication and commitment to the enhancement of the human development process.
Patricia M. Coyle Award
Given to the graduating senior in Elementary Education who is a clear thinker in the field, able to translate the theories of child development and learning into the practice of teaching young children with enthusiasm and love, and a person who is a thoughtful, reflective teacher, perceptive and sensitive to the needs of children.
Karen E. Noonan Award
Given to the graduating senior in Elementary Education who has the qualities of a "natural" teacher of young children; a person who can communicate warmth and a sense of excitement for learning; a person who loves the exhilaration of working with challenging students, and making each child in the classroom feel important and unique.
Cynthia J. Sullivan ’79 Memorial Achievement Award
Presented to members of the junior class who have achieved outstanding academic achievement; demonstrated qualities of loyalty, generosity of self, and integrity; and show an appreciation for the arts.
Cynthia J. Sullivan Award Winner
Presented to last year’s winner of the Cynthia J. Sullivan Memorial Achievement Award, this stipend is intended to fund graduate study or post-graduate travel.
Reverend John Christopher Sullivan, S.J., Award
Presented in honor of Father Sullivan, first Associate Dean in the School of Education, to a member of the senior class who, as Father Sullivan did, exhibits cheerfulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and high energy; who demonstrates respect for individuals and is supportive of others; who shares with them the gift of personal care, regard, individual attention, warmth, and respectful sense of humor; and whose personality and actions reflect an appreciation of the dignity and value of every individual.
Bernard A. Stotsky/Professor John Eichorn Prize
Awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the area of special education at the undergraduate level and does a practicum or pre-practicum at the Campus School as part of an academic program of study in the Lynch School.
Gretchen A. Bussard Award
Presented to a member of the junior class in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Program who has used what he or she has learned in the classroom to improve the lives of others.
Nancy E. Segal Award
Presented to a member of the graduating class for exhibiting great courage in overcoming a personal challenge to excel academically.
Albert A. Bennett Award
Presented by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, in honor of Professor Bennett (1888–1971), visiting professor of mathematics at Boston College 1962–1971, to a member of the graduating class who demonstrates a high level of mathematical achievement and who has shown interest in or a desire for a career in teaching.
Secondary Education Award
Given to the student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has completed the Secondary Education Program and has achieved distinguished success as a student teacher.
Lynch School Awards
Presented to graduating seniors for academic excellence and outstanding performance in a variety of areas.
Carroll School of Management
Thomas I. Gasson, S.J., Award
Founded by Boston College for general excellence in all courses of study during the four years in the Carroll School of Management.
The Edward H. Finnegan, S.J. Memorial Award Nominee
The top commencement honor which recognizes a senior who best exemplifies the University's motto: "Ever to Excel."
The James Gips Outstanding Student in Information Systems Award
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of Information Systems.
The John B. Atkinson Award
Founded by John B. Atkinson for excellence in all courses studied in the field of Operations Management.
George Aragon Outstanding Student Award
For an outstanding senior concentrating in Finance. The selection is made by the faculty committee of the Finance Department.
The Edgar F. Huse Memorial Award
An award presented annually by the faculty for excellence in Management and Leadership.
The Hutchinson Memorial Award
Presented by the Boston chapter of the American Marketing Association to a Marketing student.
The Raymond F. Keyes Service Award
Awarded to a senior concentrating in Marketing who has demonstrated a desire to provide service to the nonprofit community.
Charles W. Lyons, S.J., Award
Founded by Boston College for excellence in all courses studied in the field of Accounting.
The Patrick A. O'Connell Finance Award
Founded by Patrick A. O'Connell for excellence in all courses studied in the field of Finance.
The Patrick A. O'Connell Marketing Award
Founded by Patrick A. O'Connell for excellence in all courses studied in the field of Marketing.
The Eric Allen Serra Award
Established in 1993 by the friends of Eric Allen Serra and awarded to a graduating senior who is actively involved in the BC community and best represents the attributes for which Eric is remembered by his friends.
The James E. Shaw Memorial Award
An award given to a senior in the Carroll School of Management who has been accepted to a recognized Law School. The student demonstrates a strong personal interest in the welfare of fellow students.
The Rev. Stephen Shea, S.J., Award
Awarded to the senior who has attained the highest average in all courses in Philosophy during four years in the Carroll School of Management.
The James D. Sullivan, S.J., Award
Awarded to a senior outstanding in character and achievement.
The Matthew J. Toomey Award
Founded by Mr. Knowles L. Toomey to honor the outstanding student in the Carroll School of Management Honors Program.
Outstanding Student in Business Analytics Award
Awarded to the senior who demonstrates excellence in all courses studied in the Business Analytics discipline.
Dean's Letter of Commendation
Awarded to a senior who is recognized for exemplary accomplishment in the Carroll School community.
Connell School of Nursing
Established by the alumni to honor a nursing student for general excellence in both the classroom and in the wider Boston College community. The award winner will accept the degree for the class at the University Commencement.
Marie S. Andrews Clinical Performance Award
Established by the faculty to honor the student who has demonstrated, through performance across the clinical education portion of the curriculum, sensitivity to the needs of patients, respect for dignity and “wholeness” of the patient, and outstanding ability to deliver quality nursing care.
Cathy Jean Malek Award
Established by the faculty to honor the student who is a role model for his or her fellow classmates and underclassmen with consistent professionalism and integrity.
William F. Connell Award Undergraduate Nominee
Established by the faculty to honor one graduating student who best demonstrates the attributes of leadership, loyalty, service, achievement, humility, and goodwill.
Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Award Nominee
Established by the faculty to honor the student, who through excellence, humility, and service to others, exemplifies the Boston College motto of “Ever to Excel.” The faculty of the four undergraduate schools at Boston College each nominates a candidate and the winner is announced at the University Commencement.
Reverend Edward J. Gorman, S.J., Leadership Award
Given to the student who, in the judgment of classmates, best exemplifies leadership and who has contributed to the William F. Connell School of Nursing through dedication, service, and sincerity.
Susan E. Donelan Inclusive Community Award
Given to the student who, in the judgment of classmates has promoted a spirit of cultural awareness, inclusivity and support to foster the success of his or her graduating class.
Jean A. O’Neil Achievement Award
Established by the faculty to honor the graduating senior who has shown the greatest academic growth over the course of their four years of study in the baccalaureate nursing program.
Maureen A. Eldredge Leadership and Volunteer Service Award
Established by the faculty to honor the graduate who embodies the Jesuit ideals of being “men and women in service to others” through demonstrated leadership and substantial commitment to others in volunteer service.