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Cords of Distinction Award

2021 Cords of Distinction Winners

Even as we celebrate the contributions of all students to our campus community, The Cords of Distinction award provides a special opportunity to recognize those whose efforts made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society. Up to 10 graduating undergraduate students are recognized annually. 

Cords of Distinction winners

The 2021 Cords of Distinction recipients are:

  • Akiel Baker, a social work major from Bowie, Maryland;
  • Naomi Davis, a peacebuilding and development major with minors in global studies and religious and intercultural studies, from Richmond, Virginia;
  • Maya Dula, a biology (pre-med) major, from Lancaster City, Pennsylvania;
  • Brandon Higgins, a psychology major from Culpeper, Virginia;
  • Amanda Jasper, a social work major with a minor in psychology from Madison, Virginia;
  • Anisa Leonard, a social work major with minors in Honors, sociology and global development, from Nairobi, Kenya, and Harrisonburg, Virginia;
  • Mariana Martinez-Hernandez, a peacebuilding major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
  • Ambrose Monahan, a double major in art and Bible, religion and theology with an Honors minor, from Midlothian, Virginia;
  • Hannah Nichols, a liberal arts and elementary education major with a minor in business administration, from Centerville, Ohio, and Fredericksburg, Virginia;
  • Jakiran Richardson, a biology major with a psychology minor, from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Meaning of the Cords of Distinction

Blue: strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas

Gold: love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement

See past recipients of the cords.

Selection Criteria

Any undergraduate senior student who…

  • is participating in this academic year’s commencement (spring, summer, or fall)
  • positively influenced on-campus communities
  • positively influenced the institutional image
  • positively influenced off-campus communities, near or far
  • is in good academic and social standing

Who may nominate a student?

All members of the university community are welcome to submit Cords of Distinction nominations. A selection committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrators will review all nominations. Anonymous nominations are not permitted.

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