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Annual Honors Convocation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At the start of the academic year, the Honors Program sponsors an annual Convocation Dinner for all students, faculty, and alumni of the program. At Convocation, the Thomson Scholar Award is given to the student voted by the faculty as the most outstanding student to complete the Honors Development of Western Civilization course sequence. A distinguished alumnus or alumna is also invited to the Convocation to give an address. 

2013 Thomson Scholars: John Bugnacki, Francis Rowland

Distinguished Alumna: Katherine Helming ’09, Graduate Student at Harvard University Medical School

2012 Thomson Scholars: Jekaterina Procenko, Matthew Santos

Distinguished Alumna: Siobhan Fallon ’94, Author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

2011 Thomson Scholar: Eliza R. Mandzik 

Distinguished Alumnus: Patrick J. O’Malley ’93, Attorney at Law, Professor of International Law

2010 Thomson Scholars: Michael A. Wahl '12 and Nathan J. Ricci '12

Distinguished Alumna: Jane L. Gonsalves '80, a nine-term member of the City Council in New Bedford, Mass.

2009 Thomson Scholars: Yi Cao '11 and Elizabeth Santilli '11

Distinguished Alumnus: James Ludes '93, Ph.D. (Georgetown University), Executive Director of the American Security Project, Washington, DC.

2008 Thomson Scholar: Elizabeth Weber '10

Distinguished Alumna: Ellen McNulty '97, Founding Partner of Corra Consulting

2007 Thomson Scholar: Joseph Schneider '09

Distinguished Alumnus: John Partridge '61, J.D. (Harvard), Partridge Snow & Hahn Law Offices, Providence, RI

2006 Thomson Scholar: Katherine Mattaini '08

Distinguished Alumnus: Michael Woody ’77, President of International Marketing Advantages, Inc

2005 Thomson Scholars: Deanna Cioppa '07 and Christopher Berard '07

Distinguished Alumnus: Rev. Brian Shanley ’80, O.P., Ph.D, (Univ. of Toronto), President of Providence College

2004 Thomson Scholar: James Michael Bennet '06

Distinguished Alumnus: Charles J. Goetz '61, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law, University of Virginia

2003 Thomson Scholar: David Scholl '05

Distinguished Alumnus: Gerard Mulligan '64, M.A. ( Univ. of North Carolina), Senior Writer, David Letterman Show

2002 Thomson Scholar: Erin Beck '04

Distinguished Alumnus: Peter Conn '64, Ph.D. (Yale), Professor of English, Deputy Provost at the University of Pennsylvania

2001 Thomson Scholar: Neisha McGuckin '03

Distinguished Alumnus: Austin Sarat, '69, Ph.D. (Wisconsin); J.D. (Yale), Professor of Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College

2000 Thomson Scholars: Marianne Grace '02 and James Kabala '02

Distinguished Alumnus: Roy Peter Clark '69, Ph.D. (SUNY at Stony Brook), Poynter Institute of Journalistic Studies, St. Petersburg, FL

1999 Thomson Scholars: Talia Danesi '01 and Brendan Lefebvre '01

Distinguished Alumna: Karen Ignagni '75, CEO and President, National Association of Health Maintenance Organizations

1998 Thomson Scholar: Karen Witiw '00

Distinguished Alumnus: Robert Walsh '64, J.D. (Harvard), Dean, Wake Forest University Law School

1997 Thomson Scholar: Gretchen Murray '99

Distinguished Alumna: Lindsay Waters '69, Ph.D. (Chicago), Executive Director, Harvard University Press

1996 Thomson Scholar: Timothy Daniel Murray '98

Distinguished Alumnus: John Partridge '61, J.D. (Harvard), Partridge Snow & Hahn Law Offices, Providence, RI

1995 Thomson Scholar: Emily Byers '97

Distinguished Alumnus: Richard Grace '61, Ph.D. (Fordham), Professor of History, Providence College