Pacific University Honors Excellence in Undergraduate Class of 2020

Pacific University is proud to recognize more than 380 undergraduates earning bachelor’s degrees this spring, including top students named among the outstanding graduates of 2020.

Pacific’s undergraduate liberal arts programs include the arts & sciences, business and education, mostly housed at the university’s residential campus in Forest Grove.

While Pacific was unable to host its traditional commencement ceremonies this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduating students were honored with virtual commencements, now available on YouTube, and the following students were recognized as outstanding graduates.

Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduate | Sophia O’Neal
American Association of University Women | Calista Kountz
Barbara Story Award for Outstanding Theatre Contribution | Elliot Lorenc
Brad Blair Award for Theatre Performance | Phoebe Whittington
Confederation in Oregon For Language Teaching | German | Nicole Van Schijndel
Dean of Students Award | Julio Montelongo, Alssie Casayuran and Paul Anthony Ward
Dean's Academic Achievement Award | Yolanda Bouffard
Mary Fehrs Award for Gender and Sexuality Studies | Kaira Bird
McCall Center for Civic Engagement Award | Lauren Maland
Most Significant Contribution to the Center for Gender Equity | Jaye Adams
OHSU Murdock Research Scholar | Ellysia Li
Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Accounting Student | Preston Kime
Outstanding Contribution to Student Life | Ariel Watanabe, Morgan (Max) Smith, Victor Anderson, Sophia O’Neal and Samara Stahly Cook
Outstanding Instrumentalist | Kaylee Howard
Outstanding Senior in Accounting | Ryan Robinson
Outstanding Senior in Art History | Morgan (Max) Smith
Outstanding Seniors in Biology | Noah Askew, Jack Creagh, Ellysia Li,  Janice Parks and Rylee Trendell
Outstanding Senior in Business Administration | Zoe Kelly
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry | Yeonkyeong (Joy) Kim
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science | Clio Skevington
Outstanding Seniors in Creative Writing | Kymberlin Bush and Phoebe Whittington
Outstanding Senior in Dance | Kaylee Kimura
Outstanding Senior in Economics | Jordan Hall
Outstanding Senior in Editing/Publishing | Emma Roles
Outstanding Senior in English Literature | Margaret McFarlane
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Biology | Daniel Josefchak
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry | Salena Tannouri
Outstanding Seniors in Exercise Science | Elizabeth Ford, Melinda Rudnick and Johanna Wilson
Outstanding Senior in Finance | John Rigatti
Outstanding Senior in Fine Art | Sabrina Spurlock
Outstanding Senior in Humanities | Jasmyn Swangel
Outstanding Senior in Marketing | Brittany Owens
Outstanding Senior in Media Arts | Integrated Media | Lydia Carrigan
Outstanding Senior in Media Arts |Journalism | Shelby Cokeley
Outstanding Seniors in Music Education | Aaron Bettencourt and Carly Gould
Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy | Page Davidson
Outstanding Seniors in Natural Sciences | Clio Skevington and Ellysia Li
Outstanding Senior in Philosophy | Ariel Watanabe
Outstanding Senior in Physics | Amber Smith
Outstanding Seniors in Political Sciences | Gina Kelley and Sophia O’Neal
Outstanding Senior in Psychology | Matias Sanchez
Outstanding Seniors in Social Sciences | Lyndi Stone and Sophia O’Neal
Outstanding Senior in Sustainable Design | Carrie Friedman
Tom Miles Award for Technical Theatre | Brennan Staffieri
Valedictorian | Noah Askew
William Wright Harts III Memorial Award | Mari Leslie





Sunday, May 17, 2020