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Cords of Distinction Award

2018 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 Recipients 2018

  • Emily Clatterbuck, an English education (secondary licensure) major with minors in Spanish and writing studies, from Grottoes, Virginia;
  • Drew Diaz, a biology major, from New Market, Virginia;
  • Harrison Horst, a sociology major with minors in environmental sustainability and international development, from Landisville, Pennsylvania;
  • Maleke Jones, a psychology major with a minor in pre-law, from Charles Town, West Virginia;
  • Keyri Lopez-Godoy, a liberal arts major with elementary education licensure, from Charlottesville, Virgina;
  • Michaela Mast, a psychology minor with a pre-law minor, from Broadway, Virginia;
  • Katrina Poplett, a peacebuilding and development major with minors in Spanish and sociology, from Plymouth, Minnesota;
  • Caleb Shrock-Hurst, an English major with minors in history and music, from Harrisonburg, Virginia;
  • Brittany Williams, a recreational leadership and sports studies major with minors in psychology, coaching, kinesiology and exercise science, from King George, Virginia;
  • Elizabeth Witmer, a social work major, with minors in Spanish and sociology, from Newville, Pennslyvania.

Read tributes from faculty and staff for the 2018 cords of distinction recipients.

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.