University of Mobile presented its top two awards to the outstanding male and female graduate selected by vote of the faculty during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, at the Mobile Civic Center.
Both awards are presented to graduates who exemplify the mission of the university and selection is based on scholarship, Christian character, leadership and service. Over 285 candidates received degrees at the Christian university’s 49th commencement.
The Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award was presented to Tinsley Griffin of Savannah, GA. Griffin graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She also received the President’s Scholastic Achievement Award, Political Science Area Award and is an Honors with Thesis Program graduate.
Griffin was accepted to 11 law schools and will pursue her juris doctor at the University of Alabama School of Law. She is a founding member of UMobile’s Mock Trial Club, and won awards for her role as attorney at the American Mock Trial Association tournament two years in a row.
She is student leader and musician in Welsh Revival, a music ensemble in the UMobile Center for Performing Arts that travels across the country performing in churches and at civic events.
Griffin is vice president and former senator of the Student Government Association, served as executive board member and team captain of the Mock Trial Club, is Alpha Chi Honors Society’s representative to the SGA, and was president of the Honors Council.
She is a Chatham County Distinguished Young Women program volunteer and was assistant coordinator, has served on the campaigns of a U.S. representative and a Public Service Commissioner, was orchestra assistant for the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra, a tutor for the Savannah Baptist Center, and helps teach at the Southside Baptist Church nursery.
The William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award was presented to Aaron Pouncey of Mobile, who graduated summa cum laude with a 3.99 GPA and a Bachelor of Science in music education.
Pouncey is a member of Voices of Mobile, a vocal ensemble in the UMobile Center for Performing Arts that tours internationally. He has been first tenor in the Voices of Mobile for three year and has been a featured soloist in several operas and the university’s annual Christmas Spectacular. He has been a memberof Chamber Singers, University Singers, Covenant Gospel Quartet and UMobile Opera Workshop.
He recently completed student teaching, and plans to pursue a career in music ministry and music education. Pouncey was nominated for the Weaver award by faculty in the School of Education, who described him as “a great example of a scholarly musician.”
“Aaron Pouncey is a terrific example of a young man who devotes himself to serving others, which is a reflection of his commitment to his Christian beliefs. Aaron is a superb example of the excellent young people who attend the University of Mobile,” the School of Education nomination reads.
University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in over 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, The Roger Breland School of Music, and Adult and Professional Studies.