JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Saint Peter's University celebrated its 122nd Commencement ceremony on Monday afternoon at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. The 2012-13 senior classes for the Peacocks 19-intercollegiate athletic teams were among the honored graduates and several student-athletes were recognized for their achievements in the classroom on the day.
Renee Brzyski (Princeton, N.J./Montgomery) from the women's track and field team earned the John C. Schlereth Medal. The award is given to the outstanding sociology graduate on the basis of scholastic achievement, service to the department and the professional dedication to the discipline of sociology.
Women's bowling Michele DeVries (Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) was awarded the Cappeliuti Medal. An award donated by the department of history in memory of Professor Frank J. Cappelluti and is given to a graduate for outstanding scholastic achievement and service.
The Political Science Medal went to men's tennis senior Alex Frakes (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), which is awarded to the graduate in political science judged most eminent for his scholarship and contribution to the commonwealth of the University.
Ali Hassan (Bayonne, N.J./High–Tech) and Ayberk Ozturk (Instanbul, Turkey) from the men's swimming team each were honored. Hassan was one of three graduates awarded the International Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key, which is given to the graduating student with the highest academic average for the four years of study in business administration. Ozturk was named the recipient of the Hopper Medal. In honor of Commander Grace M. Hopper, a pioneer in programming languages
Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) from the baseball team was one of two graduates to earn the McMackin Award. The award is donated by the department of mathematics in honor of Frank J. McMackin, professor emeritus and is given to the graduate that has shown proficiency in mathematics in the second education program.
Women's soccer senior Jamie Lisanti (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) took home two awards on the day. She received the Communication Medal for achieving the highest grade point average in courses satisfying the requirements of the communication program. Lisanti also earned the Hanlon Medal. Founded by the Class id 1938 in honor of classmate Lt. Robert A. Hanlon who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II, the medal is awarded to the Bachelor of Arts graduate with the highest general average for the four-year humanities curriculum.
Luke Previte (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) from the men's golf team was awarded the Marketing Medal. The medal goes to a member of the graduating class who demonstrates academic excellence in marketing management throughout their university career.