At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates
Dr. Carrie Schroeder with Nick Perkins at the Phi Beta Kappa induction.
Nick Perkins: Outstanding Graduate in Classical Studies. Nick entered Pacific as a member of the Honors Program, and tried a couple of different majors before settling on the self-designed program in Classics. He is graduating magna cum laude and has been admitted to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Nick's professors consider him as a quiet genius, noting that he's an outstanding writer, adept at synthesizing scholarly materials, and is a creative thinker. He also has a sense of adventure—he studied abroad in Greece last spring. Nick will be going on to UC Hastings College of Law. We wish him the best!
Monica Estiandan: Outstanding Graduate in Religious Studies. Monica began her undergraduate studies in Pacific's pre-dentistry program, but discovered her love for religious studies during fall 2009, so she stayed a fifth year and is leaving the College with two degrees—a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Religious Studies. An exceptional student, Monica's independent research in Scientific and Spiritual Properties of Sage and Unified Theory of Life are fine examples of her high potential contributions to the new field of Religion and Medicine. We wish Monica well as she moves on to new challenges!
Meet Our Outstanding 2010 Graduate
Susanna Dergee earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with minors in Gender Studies and Child Psychology. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and graduated magna cum laude. Susanna was an enthusiastic and diligent student, excelling in courses as diverse as Classical Hebrew and Asian Religious Traditions. She was a tremendous asset to the department as its Student Representative.
Among her academic endeavors, Susanna wrote a research paper about women in leadership roles in the early Methodist movement and the implications for women today. After graduation, she began a 10-week internship with the Director of Children's Ministry at Los Altos United Methodist Church. She planned to teach at the church's preschool center while working toward a certificate in child development.