Three Honors College students to be recognized at 2018 Purdue University commencement

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will honor some of its highest academic-achieving graduating seniors May 11-13 during commencement ceremonies.

The university’s top female student is Claire G. Lee from the Honors College and College of Liberal Arts. Lee, of Indianapolis, who majored in economics and political science, has been awarded the 2018 Flora Roberts Award. This award is presented annually to an outstanding senior woman for her scholarship, leadership, character and service to the university community. The award is made possible through a bequest from Flora Roberts, a member of the Purdue class of 1887. The recipient receives a $2,000 award, a medallion and her name inscribed on the award marker on Purdue Mall.

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts was awarded to Rebecca S. Salo, of Champaign, Illinois, who is an Honors College student and majored in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering. The prize is awarded to outstanding seniors who have demonstrated excellence and the highest standards of proficiency in the visual or performing arts. This award is endowed by the late Louis Sudler, a Chicago businessman and supporter of the arts. The recipients receive $1,000 and a certificate. Lydia C. Swedberg, of Meredith, New Hampshire, is also a recipient of this honor.

Six students were awarded the Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Awards, including Honors College student Casie R. Blair, of Fishers, who majored in speech, language and hearing sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Among the additional five recipients are Farhat Alucozai, of West Lafayette, who majored in accelerated nursing in the College of Health and Human Sciences; Megan R. Hetisimer, of Columbus, who majored in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering; Matthew A. Kortepeter, of Indianapolis, who majored in industrial engineering in the College of Engineering; Ronit V. Ranka, of Mumbai, India, who majored in pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy; and Morgan E. Sussman, of Mooresville, who majored in wildlife and professional writing in the College of Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts.

McGaughey, a 1939 Purdue graduate, established the awards to honor students for leadership potential. To be eligible for these awards, students must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study at Purdue and achieved at least a 3.0 graduation index. Recipients are selected on the basis of their contributions to Purdue and the community. Each honoree receives $3,345 as an acknowledgement of their superior leadership abilities, scholarship and appreciation of basic American values.

Writer: Olivia Crouse,

Source: Chris Pass, senior assistant registrar, 765-494-6163,