Harriot College's first-year freshmen and transfer students, who received at least a 3.0 GPA for their first semester at ECU, were honored during the college's annual ECU Excels Awards Ceremony held February 19 in Harvey Hall. (Photos by Rob Taylor Photography & Design. View the full photo gallery online.)
February 20, 2018
University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its
high-achieving first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college’s
annual ECU Excels Awards Ceremony on February 19 in Harvey Hall.
In its ninth
year, the event honored 590 Harriot College students who achieved a GPA of 3.0
or higher during their first semester at ECU. Honorees and their guests
celebrated with cake and mingled with faculty and associate deans from the college.
The awardees also received a certificate and had photos taken by a professional
photographer. The full photo gallery is available online.
Dr. William M.
Downs, dean of Harriot College, welcomed students and their guests to the
celebration and congratulated the students for their accomplishments.
from high school to college is not easy,” Downs said. “ECU Excels is all about
recognizing that you are already on the path to success and a timely
graduation. It is a huge accomplishment.”
dean’s remarks, three members of the Dean’s Student Leadership Council provided
words of wisdom and encouragement to awardees on how to be successful
throughout their academic career at ECU.
“You should be
very proud of yourselves for being here,” said Virginia Vasquez-Rios, co-chair
of the leadership council and a junior majoring in biology. “Continue to aim
high for the rest of your college career.”
“Right now each
of you are at different places. Some of you know exactly what you want to do
with your lives. Others are still exploring, and some may change their minds,
but no matter where you fall on this spectrum, it is incredibly important to
seize the opportunities given to you,” said Vasquez-Rios.
She told the
students that to be successful they need to get to know their professors, get
involved at ECU, use their time wisely and persevere in trying to reach their
Chandler, co-chair of the leadership council, who will graduate in May with
degrees in history, philosophy, religious studies and great books, said college
may seem intimidating and stressful at first but to persevere.
disheartened,” Chandler said. “The key to continued success is to harness your
stressed that students do not advance on their own and that it is important to
get to know the professors. She said many doors opened for her because of her
connections with her professors.
want to see you succeed,” said Chandler.
council member representative for the Department of Geography, Planning and
Environment, told students to find something that makes them stand out.
passion, and you will find your purpose,” said Patel.
students there is no perfect path to their goals and to expect detours along
the way, but not to be afraid of change.