Awarding of Degrees

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded after degree candidates have been certified. To be eligible for a degree, a student must have completed the required number and distribution of courses and grade point average requirements for the intended degree; and, students must have met all financial and other obligations to the University.

Awards

The Achievement in Creative Expression Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved excellence in creative expression, as demonstrated in the written, performance, film, fine or applied arts.

The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2): These awards are presented to two graduating seniors in accounting who have demonstrated a high level of achievement, are in the top 10 percent of their class, are residents of an urban area, and will enter a career in public accounting.

Athletics Department Awards (2)

The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the female senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the male senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award : This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of sincerity and vigorous industry in the interest of good citizenship and who has, by example, furthered better government both on and off campus.

The Bryant University Scholar Award: This award is presented to the graduating senior(s) who have published, or have had an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal while at Bryant.

The Communication Department Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement and exceptional competency in all of the contemporary communication arts.

The Computer Information Systems Department Award: This award is presented annually to a graduating senior with a concentration in computer information systems who has excelled academically, enriched his or her computer information systems education through meaningful work experience, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude toward others through active involvement in organizations, clubs, or events.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: This award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics.

The Environmental Science Leadership Award: This award is presented to an outstanding graduating senior in environmental science who has excelled in the classroom and laboratory, exhibited leadership in initiatives for improving sustainability at the University, and shown potential for valuable contributions to the environmental field.

The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in the study of applied psychology.

The Excellence in Biology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior in biology who has exhibited excellence in the classroom and research laboratory, shown care and concern about world health problems, and demonstrated a potential for outstanding contributions in the field of biological science.

The Excellence in Economics Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the major.

The Excellence in Marketing Award: This award is given to a student graduating with a concentration in marketing who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership in marketing, and made significant contributions to the Bryant community and the marketing program.

The George J. Kelley Award : This award is presented to a graduating senior who has completed at least 102 credits (including study abroad credits) while at Bryant and is recognized and honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester

The George M. Parks Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior whose recognized leadership qualities have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University.

The History / Social Sciences Department Awards:

Global Studies Award, Legal Studies Award, Political Science Award, and Sociology Award: These awards are presented to graduating seniors for their outstanding achievement in the study of global studies, legal studies, political science, and sociology.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to finance.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to financial services.

The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award : This award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown the most consistent academic improvement resulting in Dean’s list recognition.

The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2) : This award is presented to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics.

The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding brotherhood/sisterhood and leadership in promoting policies beneficial to the University and the entire student body. The award is given by the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved scholastic excellence in accounting. It was inaugurated by the family of Leander Francis Emin, Bryant alumnus of the class of 1907, to honor his memory and his birthplace and home – the 1708 House and the entire Emin homestead, farm, and airport – which became the campus of his alma mater.

The Literary and Cultural Studies Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in, and a strong commitment to, the study of literature and cultural studies.

The Modern Languages Department Award: This award is presented to a graduate with exceptional competency in the study of a language other than English.

The Pell Medal for United States History Award: The medal is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed excellence in the study of United States history. The late Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell created this medal to honor the memory of his father, the late Herbert C. Pell, statesman and diplomat, who served the United States as Ambassador to Hungary and Minister to Portugal.

The President’s List Sash: This sash is worn by the graduating senior(s) who have achieved President’s list distinction (4.0 grade point average) every semester while at Bryant.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled in military science studies and other courses, and who has shown superior leadership potential in the military science program and in extracurricular activities.

The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the accounting faculty, has demonstrated excellence in accounting studies and intends to pursue a career in public accounting.

The Roger W. Babson Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who is distinguished within the University community for his or her character, orderly mind, sound judgment, and systematic business habits.

The SAS Institute Award (2) : This award is presented to two bachelor’s degree candidates who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of applied mathematics and statistics and have successfully completed coursework involving the application of SAS statistical software in their data analysis.

The Student Senate Service Award (6): This award is presented to six deserving graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding service to the student body of Bryant University. The recipients are selected by the Student Senate Service Awards Committee.

The Target Corporation Management Department Commencement Award for Excellence in Human Resources Management (3): This award recognizes three graduating seniors with a Concentration/Major in Human Resources Management (HRM). These individuals have demonstrated academic excellence in HRM, active engagement with Human Resources practitioners, and a passion for a career in the profession.

Student Charge : – The Student Charge is delivered by a graduating senior who is selected from a pool of applicants.

Honors

Special recognition is accorded to undergraduate students who show distinction in academic achievement. Honors may be awarded on the basis of cumulative averages, as follows: Cum Laude (3.30), Magna Cum Laude (3.55), and Summa Cum Laude (3.80). Students must have completed 60 semester hours of work at Bryant University to be eligible for honors. Graduate students must attain a grade point average of 3.75 or better to graduate with honors.

Ceremony

Commencement ceremonies honor certified graduates and candidates for degrees who have been scheduled to complete course work by the end of the academic year (July 31). Diplomas are issued after grade reports are completed and candidates are fully certified. Graduation honors noted on the Commencement program are based on cumulative records as of the end of the fall semester; honors recorded on the diploma are based on finalized cumulative averages.

Byrant Symbols

The Harriet C. Jacobs Memorial Mace
Carried at Commencement and other University convocations, the mace is crowned in gold and bears the two dominant symbols of the institution: the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the seal of Bryant University. The mace was donated by E. Gardner Jacobs and his sister, Mrs. Dorothy J. Lederer, in memory of their mother, Harriet C. Jacobs.

The Bryant Seal
The Bryant seal represents the educational mission of the University and its worldwide implications. The central symbol is an ellipsoid globe with quills on each side to signify the traditional emblem of communication in business. In the center, behind the globe, is a torch that reflects liberty, the spirit of free inquiry, academic freedom, and learning. The Archway, forming the background for the globe, torch, and quills, is a University landmark affectionately remembered by thousands of alumni. The Latin motto expresses the purpose of the University: Cognitio – Virtus – Successus – “Knowledge – Character – Success.” The seal recognizes the achievements of the faculty in their pursuit of educational excellence.