Academic Honors

Deans’ List

Twice a year, the Deans’ List is announced. The Deans’ List is based on semester QPA. To merit Deans’ List, a matriculating student must attain a quality point average of 4.00 to 3.50 on 12 or more graded credits. Part-time students may be considered upon accumulation of 12 or more graded credits. Any student with an “I,” an “X” or “U” grade on her/his semester record is not eligible.

Honors at Commencement


The degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, and Bachelor of Architecture are awarded in three grades of honor:

With distinction, cum laude

3.50 - 3.74 cumulative QPA

With high distinction, magna cum laude

3.75 - 3.89 cumulative QPA

With highest distinction, summa cum laude

3.90 - 4.00 cumulative QPA

These distinctions are awarded on the basis of the student’s cumulative average in all subjects. For students attending Commencement in May, any and all honors are determined on grades from the preceding semester. Students entering with advanced standing from other colleges and universities are not eligible for these honors until they have completed at least 42 credits at Marywood University (or 30 credits if entering under an articulation agreement.)


Kappa Gamma Pi Medal for General Excellence

Established by Scranton Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.

Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art

Founded by Helen E. Leonard in memory of Mary E. Barrett.

Sister Maria Laurence Maher, IHM Medal for Excellence in Biological Studies

Founded in memory of Sister Maria Laurence Maher, IHM by her family.

Thomas and Norah Clarke Medal for Excellence in Business

Founded by the Clarke family in memory of their parents, Thomas and Norah Clarke.

Philip E. Mulry Medal for Excellence in Chemistry

Founded by the Mulry family in memory of Philip E. Mulry, Sr.

Lynett Medal for Academic Distinction in Communication, Arts, and Sciences

Founded by the late E.J. Lynett in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett.

Margaret T. Lunney Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Founded by Miss Dorothy R. McNulty in honor of her friend, Miss Margaret T. Lunney.

J. Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing

Founded by Gene Brislin, in memory of her husband, J. Harold Brislin, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Edward Gayeski Medal for Excellence in Design

Founded by Mrs. Alba Lori Gayeski, in memory of her husband, Edward Gayeski.

Rosemary Carroll Kazimer Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education

Founded by Dr. Mary Louise Keeney in honor of Mrs. Kazimer.

Sister Regina Barrett Medal for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Established in honor of Sister Regina Barrett, IHM by Superintendent Patricia C. Leamy.

Dr. Wanda Persichetti Medal for Excellence in Foreign Language

Founded by friends of the late Dr. Wanda M. Persichetti.

C. Norman Shaffer LL.D. Medal for Nutrition and Dietetics

Founded by Mrs. C. Norman Shaffer, in memory of Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart Walsh, IHM and Sister Margaret Mary Howley, IHM.

Barrett Medal for Outstanding Service and Scholarship in the Field of Legal Studies or Criminal Justice

Founded by Sigma Pi Mu in honor of Dr. John W. Barrett.

Tama Medal for Excellence in Mathematical Studies

Founded by Mrs. Margaret Mary Tama Hovell ’63 and Dr. Judith Tama Page ’70, in memory of their parents, John and Margaret Tama.

Sister M. Clare Kelley, IHM Medal for Excellence in Music

Founded in memory of Sister M. Clare Kelley, IHM by friends, alumnae, and former music students of Marywood University

Mary Grace Loughney Flynn ’39 Medal for Excellence in Music

Established by Sister Elizabeth R. Loughney, IHM.

Nemotko Medal for Distinction in Nursing

Founded by Mrs. Anthony J. Nemotko in memory of her husband, Anthony J. Nemotko.

Mary Pace Medal for Excellence in Philosophy

Founded by the Reverend William J. Pace in memory of his mother, Mary Pace.

Sister M. Charitas Loftus, IHM Medal for Excellence in Poetry

Founded by Jemille A. Zaydon, friends, and alumni.

Sister M. Sylvia Morgan, IHM Medal for Excellence in Pre-Medical Studies

Founded by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.

Medal for Excellence in Psychology

Founded by the Psychology Club in honor of Sister M. St. Mary Orr, IHM and Sister M. Bernardina McAndrew, IHM.

Czachor Medal for Distinction in Religious Studies

Founded by the Czachor family of Archbald, Pennsylvania

Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie, IHM Medal for Excellence in the Secondary Education Program

Founded by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.

Jenkins-Colis Gilroy Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Social Work

Founded by BSW students in memory of Brian Jenkins, Class of 1979 and Patricia Colis Gilroy, Class of 1976.

Jordan Medal for Excellence in the Social Sciences

Founded by the Misses Jordan in memory of their brother, the Reverend Richard D. Jordan, J.C.L.

Margaret Ruddy Dougherty Medal for Academic Excellence in Special Education

Founded by Regina, Edward, William Fahey, and Mary Fahey McGarry.

Sister Davidica Kildea, IHM Medal for Excellence in Voice

Founded in memory of Sister M. Davidica Kildea, IHM by the Kildea family.

Dolores M. Ackourey Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Human Relations

Founded by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Ackourey in memory of their daughter, Dolores.

Sister M. Eva Connors, IHM Peace Medal

Founded in memory of Sister M. Eva Connors, IHM.

Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM Medal for Distinction in Service

Founded by Anna G. Kirby in memory of her sister, Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM.

Judith Piznar ’90 Medal for Leadership and Service to Youth

Founded in memory of Judy Piznar by her parents, Robert S. and Catherine Piznar.

Robert E. Quinnan Medal for Distinguished Service in the Alphonsian and IHM Tradition

Founded by Mrs. Catherine G. Quinnan in memory of her husband