Deans’ List

Twice a year the Deans’ List is announced. The Deans’ List is based on semester QPA. To merit Deans’ List, a matriculating student must attain a quality point average of 4.00 to 3.50 on 12 or more graded credits. Part-time students may be considered upon accumulation of 12 or more graded credits. Any student designated as unclassified or with an “I,” an “X” or “U” grade on her/his record is not eligible. Additionally students must have 12 credits of graded course work.

Honors at Commencement


The degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, and Bachelor of Architecture are awarded in three grades of honor:

  • with distinction, cum laude
    3.50 - 3.74 cumulative QPA
  • with high distinction, magna cum laude
    3.75 - 3.89 cumulative QPA
  • with highest distinction, summa cum laude
    3.90 - 4.00 cumulative QPA

These distinctions are awarded on the basis of the student’s cumulative average in all subjects. For students attending Commencement in May, any and all honors are determined on grades from the preceding semester. Students entering with advanced standing from other colleges and universities are not eligible for these honors until they have completed at least 60 credits at Marywood University.


Kappa Gamma Pi Medal for General Excellence Donated by Scranton Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art Founded by Miss Helen Leonard in memory of Miss Mary E. Barrett

Anna and James Foley Medal for Excellence in Art Education Established by Sister Ave Maria Foley in honor of her mother, father and brother.

Sister Maria Laurence Maher Medal for Excellence in Biological Studies Founded in memory of Sister Maria Laurence Maher, IHM by her family

Thomas and Norah Clarke Medal for Excellence in Business Founded by the Clarke family in memory of their parents, Thomas and Norah Clarke

Philip E. Mulry Medal for Excellence in Chemistry Founded by the Mulry family in memory of Philip E. Mulry, Sr.

Lynett Medal for Academic Distinction in Communication Arts Founded by the late E.J. Lynett in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett

Margaret T. Lunney Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Disorders Founded by Miss Dorothy R. McNulty in honor of her friend, Miss Lunney

J. Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing Founded by Gene Brislin, in memory of her husband, J. Harold Brislin, a Pulitzer Prize winner

Edward Gayeski Medal for Excellence in Design Founded by Mrs. Alba Lori Gayeski, in memory of husband, Edward Gayeski

Rosemary Carroll Kazimer Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education Founded by Dr. Mary Louise Keeney in honor of Mrs. Kazimer

Sister Regina Barrett Medal For Excellence in Early Childhood Education Established in honor of Sister Regina Barrett, IHM by Superintendent Patricia C. Leamy

Dr. Wanda Persichetti Medal for Excellence in Foreign Language Founded by friends of the late Dr. Persichetti

Shaffer Medal for Nutrition and Dietetics Founded by C. Normal Shaffer, LL.D., in memory of Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart Walsh, IHM and Sister Margaret Mary Howley, IHM

Barrett Medal For Outstanding Service and Scholarship in the Field of Legal Studies and Crinimal Justice Founded by Sigma Pi Mu in honor of

Dr. John W. Barrett Tama Medal for Excellence in Mathematical Sciences Founded by Mrs. Margaret Mary Tama Hovell ’63 and Dr. Judith Tama Page ’70, in memory of their parents, John and Margaret Tama

Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music Founded in memory of Sister M. Clare Kelley, IHM by friends, alumnae, and former music students or Marywood University

Nemotko Medal for Distinction in Nursing Founded by Mrs. Anthony J. Nemotko in memory of her husband, Anthony J. Nemotko

Mary Pace Medal for Excellence in Philosophy Founded by the Reverend William J. Pace in memory of his mother, Mary Pace

Sister M. Charitas Loftus Medal for Excellence in Poetry Founded by Jermille A. Zaydon, friends and alumni

Sister M. Sylvia Morgan Medal for Pre­Medical Studies Founded by Elizabeth King Young Arvad, M.D.

Medal for Excellence in Psychology Founded by the Psychology Club in honor of Sister M. St. Mary Orr, IHM and Sister M. Bernardina McAndrew, IHM

Czachor Medal for Distinction in Religious Studies Founded by the Czachor family of Archbald, Pennsylvania

Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie Medal for Excellence in the Secondary Education Program Founded by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.

Jenkins-Colis Gilroy Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Social Work Founded by BSW students in memory of Brian Jenkins, Class of 1979 and Patricia Colis Gilroy, Class of 1976

Jordan Medal for Excellence in the Social Science Founded by the Misses Jordan in memory of their brother, the Reverend Richard D. Jordan, J.C.L.

Margaret Ruddy Dougherty Medal for Excellence in Special Education Founded by Regina, Edward, William Fahey, and Mary Fahey McGarry

Sister Davidica Kildea Medal for Excellence in Voice Founded in memory of Sister M. Davidica Kildea, IHM by the Kildea family

Dolores M. Ackourey Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Human Relations Founded by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Ackourey in memory of their daughter, Dolores

Sister M. Eva Connors Peace Medal Founded in memory of Sister M. Eva Connors, IHM

Sister M. Margrete Kelley Medal for Distinction in Service Founded by Anna G. Kirby in memory of her sister, Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM

Judith Piznar Medal for Leadership and Service to Youth Founded in memory of Judy Piznar by her parents, Robert and Catherine Piznar