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‘Tulane 34’ grows by 34 graduates

May 26, 2017 11:15 AM
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Alicia Jasmin ajasmin@tulane.edu
  

Hala Kershah, from Alexandria, Egypt, right, accepts her Tulane 34 Award from Dusty Porter, vice president of student affairs. Kershah, who also holds a DDS degree, earned a master’s degree in health administration and was recognized for her work in strengthening student-alumni relationships through a series of professional and career development sessions. (Photo by Sally Asher)

 

During the annual Tulane University Unified Commencement Ceremony held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a small group of graduates donned light blue stoles emblazoned with “Tulane 34.” Those 34 graduates have received one of the school’s highest student honors—the Tulane 34 Award.

Named for the year the university was founded, the award is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Dusty Porter, vice president of student affairs, presented their certificates and stoles during the May 18 ceremony as Provost Robin Forman explained why each student was selected.

“The fact that we are honoring you with these coveted Tulane 34 awards is an indication that you have done exactly what we asked you to do when you arrived at Tulane University,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts during the ceremony. “You have displayed academic excellence, service and leadership. You represent those values in every way and that’s why you’re receiving this honor today.”

“The fact that we are honoring you with these coveted Tulane 34 awards is an indication that you have done exactly what we asked you to do when you arrived at Tulane University.”

Mike Fitts, Tulane University President

In the 2017 cohort, the distinguished graduates include both undergraduate and graduate students who excelled in the classroom and out in the community.

The 2017 Tulane 34 Award honorees are:

Jessica Bagneris

Desiree Jolet Baiamonte

Katharine “Kayla” Bruce

Julia Chimienti

Jessica Conrad

Johannah Leigh Cousins

Brigid Doherty

Nida Farhoud

Felicity Fisk

Marguerite “Daisy” Furlong

Radamus Harris

Miranda Hendrix

Ryan Hogan

Leigh Isaacson

Nicole Marie Katin

Hala Kershah

Mahir Khan

Samantha Lantz

Xiayue “Patrick” Li

Jenifer Wells Megalli

Samantha Pfotenhauer

Harrison Rahn

Winona Richey

Nicole Rieu

David Sawyer

Mikayla Stern-Ellis

Sharon Kelly Thompson

Ann Marshall Tilton

Whitney Marque Vinson

Marshall Wadleigh

Andrew Waters

Alexandria Williams

Lilith Winkler-Schor

Maggie Zhang