Brandi Gollihar | Photo courtesy of Western Illinois University
MACOMB — Augusta’s Brandi Gollihar is one of six students who will complete the spring 2022 graduation requirements and receive the highest recognition from any of the various colleges of study for overall academic excellence by being named university scholar.
Gollihar will be recognized as a scholar of a college of university libraries and a graduate of a bachelor’s degree in general studies. She is also a scholarship holder of the Department of General Studies. Gollihar is a member of the Omega Nu Lambda Honor Society. She works full-time as a mentor and volunteer at her children’s schools, raising money for the school’s athletic booster club. After graduation, Gollihar hopes to use her degree to advocate for awareness of genetic disorders and change processes and procedures in the medical community because her daughter was born with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
Students graduating as University Scholars have met the criteria for excellence established by faculty members at their university college. A departmental scholar is an outstanding candidate for a degree in an academic major, as determined by the faculty of the primary department. An Honors Scholar is a Centennial Honors College student who has met a set of requirements and has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
About 10% of graduates achieve academic honor, designated as summa cum laude, the highest academic honor, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.90; magna cum laude, high academic distinction, with a GPA of 3.75 to 3.89; and cum laude, academic distinction, with a GPA between 3.60 and 3.74.
Other area researchers who graduated in May from WIU are:
- Abigail Clark of Fowler, art, department scholar, will graduate with academic honors, cum laude.
- Kelsey Post of Golden, Agriculture, will graduate with Academic Honors, cum laude.
- Paul Freeman of Mendon, construction and facilities management, will graduate with academic distinction, cum laude.
- Maille Francis de Quincy, health services management, departmental scholarship holder and honorary scholarship holder, will graduate with great academic distinction, magna cum laude.
- Kevin White of Carthage, finance, departmental researcher and specialist researcher, will graduate with the highest academic distinction, summa cum laude.
- Jacob Bryan, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, will graduate with academic distinction, cum laude.
- Heather Moore of LaHarpe, Social Work, will graduate with High Academic Honors, magna cum laude.
- Kourtney Harris of Perry, Agriculture, will graduate with academic honors, cum laude.
- Adam Borrowman of Pittsfield, Elementary Education, will graduate with academic honors, cum laude.
These students were recognized at the launch ceremonies in May 2022.
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