Honors Convocation

University of Mobile Presents President’s Scholastic Awards & Academic Achievement Awards to Class of 2022

Kathy Dean Education, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile presented academic awards to outstanding graduating seniors of the Class of 2022 during an awards convocation April 27 in Dorsett Auditorium.

The Present’s Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to baccalaureate students who have attained the highest grade point average while complete a four-year degree at the University of Mobile. This year, 11 graduates earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average during academic careers that included three semesters at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented to outstanding graduates in each college and school who were recognized for academic accomplishment, service, scholarship and Christian character.

The university’s two top student awards, the William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award, will be announced during graduation ceremonies on May 7. Approximately 315 students will receive degrees at commencement, which will be held on campus.

The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn.

Receiving President’s Scholastic Achievement Awards were:

Rebecca Noelle Belew of Foley, Alabama – College of Arts and Sciences, B.S. in sociology, B.S. in psychology.

Eliza Jane Colbert of Fairhope, Alabama – College of Arts and Sciences, B.A. in history.

Tessa Noelle Crane of Fairhope, Alabama – Grace Pilot School of Business, B.S. in accounting/M.B.A.

Maggie Elizabeth Diehl of Fairhope, Alabama – School of Education, B.S. in Elementary Education.

Joshua Daniel Evers of Monroeville, Alabama – Center for Christian Calling, B.A. in biblical/theological studies.

Maddison Christine Hill of Mobile, Alabama – College of Arts and Sciences, B.S. in biology.

Nathan Ross McKnight of Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Center for Christian Calling, B.S. in biblical/theological studies.

Moriah Ruth Nelson of Thomasville, Alabama – Center for Christian Calling, B.A. in intercultural studies.

Caitlyn Faith Sahlberg of Stow, Massachusetts – School of Education, B.S. in elementary education.

Melissa Niven Sherer of Birmingham, Alabama – College of Arts and Sciences, B.S. in organizational leadership.

Erin Leigh Smith of Semmes, Alabama – School of Education, B.S. in elementary education.

Receiving Academic Achievement Awards were:

Conrad Allan Erskine of Havana, Florida – Alabama School of the Arts, undergraduate.

Kara Michelle Claybrook of Little Rock, Arkansas – Alabama School of the Arts, graduate.

Nathan Ross McKnight of Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Center for Christian Calling, undergraduate.

Julie McCall Thompson of Spanish Fort, Alabama – Center for Christian Calling, graduate.

Hutson Moore Brekenridge of Linden, Alabama – College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate.

Ali Nicole Taylor of Panama City, Florida – College of Arts and Sciences, graduate.

Sarah  Catherine McDorman of Destin, Florida – Grace Pilot School of Business, undergraduate.

Tessa Noelle Crane of Fairhope, Alabama – Grace Pilot School of Business, graduate.

Erin Leigh Smith of Semmes, Alabama – School of Education, undergraduate.

Christian Bailey Vice of Wagarville, Alabama – School of Education, graduate.

Jaden Olivia Morace of Fairhope, Alabama – School of Health and Sports Science, undergraduate.

Ja’Nae Gabrielle Williams of Mobile, Alabama – School of Nursing, undergraduate.

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit umobile.edu, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.