Office of Global Citizenship

Sewanee’s International Students Earn Prizes, Awards, and Honors at Commencement

Tran Bao Ly of Vietnam delivers valedictory address to the Class of 2017
Tran Bao Ly of Vietnam delivers valedictory address to the Class of 2017.

On May 14, 2017, students gathered at The University of the South to graduate and to hear the announcement of who received honors, awards, and prizes throughout the College. Our ten international students (Daniel Rosales Giron of Honduras, Jean Shirimpaka of Rwanda, Atana Stefanov Apostolov of Bulgaria, Karen Risor Bjerre of Denmark, Enze Gong of China, Ritu Reji Kurien of United Arab Emirates, Tran Bao Ly of Vietnam, Virag Imola Turcsan of Hungary, Tue Hoang Vo of Vietnam, and Huiqu Xu of China) were well-recognized for their efforts over the last four years. The valedictorian for the Class of 2017 was Tran Bao Ly, an Economics and Mathematics major. In addition, nine international students graduated with Latin honors (four summa cum laude, one magna cum laude, and four cum laude), and three international students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society. Four international students were recognized with honors in their majors, including Turcsan and Xu who graduated with honors in two majors each. Among the named prizes announced at commencement, international students received the following: Ly, the Eugene Mark Kayden Prize in Economics and the Robert Hooke Prize in Mathematics; Rosales Giron, the Susan Miller Selden Award; and Xu, the Gilbert Gilchrist Memorial Music Award.

                After graduation, our international students have a bright future. Some of our students will move into the financial sector, including Apostolov at Deutsche Bank and Ly at Greentech Capital Advisors. Other students plan to move directly into graduate school such as Rosales Giron at Florida State University, Bjerre at University of Copenhagen, and Xu at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. Turcsan will use her background in Politics and International and Global Studies when she works at the United Nations. Two students who graduated in absentia have already launched their careers. Vo works as a software engineer for Zip Recruiter, and Jean Shirimpaka, after completing a 3/2 engineering program, has begun work at Honeywell.

                The Office of Global Citizenship is proud of all of its students and those graduating in the Class of 2017. Sewanee is a place where international students come and flourish. They also enrich the community during their time on campus.