Amber Thomas
Amber Thomas ’18, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Health Track, congratulates students at the President's and Deans' List Celebration.
Students’ commitment to academic excellence lauded at President’s and Deans’ List celebration
Nov 19, 2019

At the annual President’s and Deans' List Celebration, 1,075 students were honored for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic year. The signature event, held November 2 during Family and Friends Weekend, celebrates students who are “inspired to excel.”

Leading the ceremonies were Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M., Bradford Martin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business, who all congratulated students on their achievements and challenged them to continuously build on their goals.

“When I see our students, it gives me great hope for the future. They're scholars, they're polite, they’re engaged, and they’re hardworking.”

“When I see our students, it gives me great hope for the future,” said President Machtley, who applauded the students’ diligence and dedication to academic pursuit. “They're scholars, they're polite, they’re engaged, and they’re hardworking.” He stated, “My education set the course for the rest of my life. That's why it’s so important for me to be able to see students excel at this academic level, which is quite rigorous.”

"It’s your aptitude for academics, your desire to pursue your passion and your dreams, your embrace of excellence, and your inspiration and desire to excel at all you do.”

In his remarks, Provost Sulmasy asked the students to reflect on who and what got them to this point. He suggested, “It’s your aptitude for academics, your desire to pursue your passion and your dreams, your embrace of excellence, and your inspiration and desire to excel at all you do.”

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 students earned their place on the President’s List, an academic distinction reserved for Bryant’s highest achievers, who have a GPA of 4.0 or better. Students who have a GPA of 3.4 or better earn a place on the Deans’ List.

The biggest impact you can have on your college experience involves taking the time to reflect deeply on what you're doing, why you're going to college, why you're learning, and how you apply it.”

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bradford Martin, Ph.D., reminded students that education is “a lifelong process.” He added, “The biggest impact you can have on your college experience involves taking the time to reflect deeply on what you're doing, why you're going to college, why you're learning, and how you apply it.”

The fact that you have made it to the Dean's List in the face of such a challenging and rigorous curriculum says a lot about your preparedness, your professionalism, and your quality.”

I know I speak for all of us when I say that this is one of our favorite events, because we get to celebrate the success of our students and the family and friends who support them,” said College of Business Dean Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D. The fact that you have made it to the Dean's List in the face of such a challenging and rigorous curriculum says a lot about your preparedness, your professionalism, and your quality.”

Amber Thomas ’18, of Rochester, NY, came back to campus to formally congratulate the students at the event. A May 2018 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Health Track, Thomas reminded the students that this distinction is not just about academic success.

“It also represents your work ethic, your tenacity, your drive to keep going when it's hard, when you're tired after practice, when you're tired after work,” she said. “It represents your character to keep moving forward, and that is what you'll take to your careers and your professional life.”

The President’s and Dean’s Lists for fall 2019 will be announced in January.

 

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