Honors and Awards Ceremony

2020 Honors and Awards Virtual Ceremony

Each spring, we honor our accomplished students through presenting the top academic awards and revealing the recipients of the  All-University Student Leadership Awards at the annual Honors and Awards ceremony.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Center for Disease Control guidelines, the in-person event was canceled to ensure the safety of campus community members. 

While we wish we could celebrate in-person, thanks to technology, a virtual celebration has been made possible. On May 7, we ask the campus community to join us in the celebration of our outstanding students by watching the Honors and Awards virtual ceremony. 

About the Top Awards and Honors

The Antonian Honors Program offers students of exceptional ability and motivation an opportunity to study and work with one another and with faculty mentors in a program specially designed to develop student community and nurture student learning.

Awarded at the annual Honors and Awards ceremony is the Antonian Scholars Senior Project Award that recognizes the top senior projects of the Antonian Scholars senior class.

The Bonnie Jean Kelly Student Excellence in Writing Award was established by Joan Kelly '46 in honor of her sister, Bonnie Jean Kelly. Bonnie Jean attended St. Catherine in 1938 until her untimely death in 1940. Bonnie Jean was a brilliant scholar and during her sophomore year was editor of the student newspaper, The Wheel.

Awarded to one or two undergraduate baccalaureate students enrolled at St. Catherine University, the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly award recognizes superior work in writing. Award recipients shall not be limited to students pursuing a major or minor course of study in English.

Valedictorians and salutatorians are selected based on overall GPA (both St. Kate’s and transfer work) and requirements of students seeking their first baccalaureate degree. Valedictorians have the highest academic rank followed by salutatorians who have the second highest rank.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. In the fall of 1937, The College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) earned the right to have a chapter on its campus.

Members enjoy networking resources through local and national chapters and employer recognition of the high standards held by Phi Beta Kappa members.

Since Phi Beta Kappa selects only the highest-achieving students from the nation’s top schools, employers and graduate schools recognize the Phi Beta Kappa name, and know membership is an extraordinary accomplishment.

Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, exemplifies excellence in leadership, scholarship, faith, and service.

The diverse membership serves as a network of motivated people who support each other and the wider community in the search for justice, compassion, and wisdom.

Students of all faiths are welcomed to the membership of Kappa Gamma Pi.

This award was established by the St. Kate’s chapter of the Association of University Professors and first presented in 1973, the centennial year of Mother Antonia’s birth. It is endowed by the family and friends of Helen B. Lemmer to recognize a student who intends to pursue a career on college or university teaching, and exemplifies the ideas of St. Kate’s first president.

Established by the family and friends of Michael J. Baynes, associate director of student life on the Minneapolis campus from 1998 until his tragic death in 2012, this award honors his memory and life accomplishments. In addition to serving as associate director of student life, Michael had a profound impact on hundreds of students through his teaching of The Reflective Woman and The Reflective Life courses.

Throughout his career and in his daily work with students, Michael exemplified the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, lived out the mission statement of St. Catherine University, and through his example taught others how to be effective, ethical leaders. Michael embodied the St. Catherine University leadership statement.

This award is given to a student in an associate degree program who, through leadership roles, service to peers and community, and adherence to high personal and academic standards, meets Mike’s daily challenge to himself and others to “Bring good!”

Presented to a College for Adults bachelor's student in any class who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to their peers and St. Catherine University and who has been an advocate of the strengths and development of women of all ages.

Award: Certificate and monetary award

Presented to 10–15 students in any program or class who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to the University, integrity and have promoted campus community spirit. These students may have made a major contribution to a particular organization, department, program or issue or may have consistently contributed to a broad range of activities.

Award: Certificate

Presented to a senior who has made an outstanding contribution toward the accomplishment of the University's mission throughout their years at St. Catherine.

Award: Engraved medal and monetary award

The University's highest award, presented to a senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic excellence, loyalty and service to the University throughout their years at St. Catherine.

Award: Engraved medal and monetary award