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Seven Students Win Awards During Fall 2017 Commencement

Jan 12, 2018

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Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D., Associate Director

Student award winners at the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture Fall 2017 commencement. (l to r) Dr. Hong Cheng, Director, Robertson School, Brittany Taylor, Raymond Bahng, Samuel Dixon, Hiba Ahmad, Nicolas Versaw, Lucien Friel, Haylay Pottle and Dr. Deirdre Condit, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.
Student award winners at the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture Fall 2017 commencement. (l to r) Dr. Hong Cheng, Director, Robertson School, Brittany Taylor, Raymond Bahng, Samuel Dixon, Hiba Ahmad, Nicolas Versaw, Lucien Friel, Haylay Pottle and Dr. Deirdre Condit, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

Seven student award winners were among the 134 graduates at the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture’s fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 8 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Each was called to the stage to receive the award and was congratulated by Dr. Hong Cheng, School Director, and Dr. Deirdre Condit, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the College of Humanities and Sciences.

The names below link to a detailed story about each award winner.

Hayley Pottle, an undergraduate student in public relations, received the Top Scholar Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the honor society for journalism and mass communications. The award is given to the KTA student with the highest grade point average. KTA was founded in 1910 at the University of Missouri, the first journalism school in the United States, and today stands as the seventh-oldest honor society in the country. Admission is by invitation only based on grade point average. 

The following students received a Robertson School Faculty Award. Faculty vote on the awards for graduating students in each of the School’s five undergraduate and two graduate academic programs. The award is for those who "best exemplify the standards" of the School, such as academic achievement, personal determination and helping others.

Hiba Ahmad, undergraduate broadcast journalism;

Raymond Bahng, undergraduate creative and strategic advertising;

Samuel Dixon, undergraduate creative and strategic advertising;

Lucien Friel, undergraduate public relations;

Brittany Taylor, graduate strategic public relations; and

Nicholas Versaw, undergraduate print-online journalism.