Graduation Honors

Academic Award Recipients

At graduation, we honor one student in each category. Other students receiving these honors are listed in the graduation program with an honors designation. The award decisions are based on the GPA and credits earned at the end of the Spring Term 1.

The Honors in General Scholarship for the Associate Degree

Based on a minimum of 30 graded credits and a GPA of 3.5 or better. This award goes to the person with the highest GPA and the most graded credits.

William P. McBriarty

Wallingford, Connecticut

He completed his Associate in Science in General Studies with an overall GPA of 3.909.

The Honors in General Scholarship for the Baccalaureate Degree

Based on a minimum of 60 graded credits and a GPA of 3.5 or better. This award goes to the person with the highest GPA and the most graded credits.

Francis M. Nerkowski

Clinton, Connecticut

He completed his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with an overall GPA of 3.959.

Charter Oak State College Honors

Awarded to a Baccalaureate Degree graduate who has completed a minimum of 30 credits in Charter Oak courses with a GPA of 3.5 or better in those courses. This award goes to the student with the highest GPA and the most Charter Oak credits.

Damon R. DePaolo

Barkhamsted, Connecticut

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, having completed 72 Charter Oak State College credits with a 4.0 GPA in these credits.

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Doris Cassiday Award Winners

The Doris G. Cassiday Award is given to those graduates who have achieved excellence in innovative learning and who exemplify the essence of the Charter Oak mission. When Charter Oak was legislated in 1973, its mission was to help adults earn their college degrees by aggregating credits from many sources.

Charter Oak did not offer its own courses. Instead, it allowed students to avail themselves fully of a broad range of learning options, including correspondence courses, testing, portfolio assessment, contract learning, military service training school courses, and other non-collegiate sponsored instruction, which were evaluated for credit, as well as classroom instruction from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Over the years, Charter Oak added video courses and then online courses. However, Charter Oak has stayed true to its mission of allowing students to earn credits in a variety of ways and, therefore, honors that tradition each year as a part of its graduation celebration through the Doris G. Cassiday Award. The award was so named to honor Doris Cassiday, who was one of the founders of our College. In addition, she was the first chairperson of our governing board, first Foundation president, and a student academic advisor for thirty years. The award will continue in memory of the dedication and leadership that she provided to the College.

Zachariah Bellmer

Highland Park, Illinois

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He combined his community college credits with credits from his military training, credit reviews of his EMT license and the Connecticut Municipal Police Academy training, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) credit, and Charter Oak courses. He is graduating with a 3.814 GPA.

Troy Campbell

Hampton, Virginia

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He earned his degree by combining university credits with credits from the Community College of the Air Force, College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams, United States Department of Defense Defense’s Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) exams, two different approved course providers, and Charter Oak courses. He is graduating with a 3.923 GPA.

Russell Cook

East Hartford, Connecticut

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration. He earned his degree by combining his community college credits with credits from the Community College of the Air Force, CLEP exams, FEMA, credit recommendations of the review of Fire Prevention Academy training, an approved course provider, and Charter Oak courses. He is graduating with a 3.511 GPA.

Brendan Moon

Southington, Connecticut

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration. He combined community college credits with credit from the U.S. military, Emergency Medical Response training, credits from portfolio assessment, and Charter Oak courses. He is graduating with a 3.764 GPA.

Wendy Pelletier

West Gardiner, Maine

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management earned by combining community college credits with portfolio assessment, FEMA, Charter Oak courses, and course provider credits, and credential credits reviewed by Charter Oak. She is graduating with GPA of 3.6.

Joseph Poirier

Everett, Massachusetts

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He earned his degree by combining credits from his U.S. military training with credits from an extension division of a land grant institution, 30 credits through our credit evaluation of the Massachusetts Police Training Program, CLEP testing, FEMA credits, credits from a course provider recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, and Charter Oak courses. He is graduating with a 3.935 GPA.

Note: grade points are based on career GPA.

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2020 Alpha Sigma Honor Society Inductees

  • Orianna Alfred
  • Tania S. Alves
  • Ivette Ayala
  • Andrea H. Bagnall
  • Sean P. Bailey
  • Edward S. Bednarz
  • Kimberly M. Brazel
  • Shawn Cervera
  • Kathryn N. Charette
  • Scott H. D'Amato
  • Damon R. DePaolo
  • Luisa Doran
  • Mika Elmokaddem
  • Nicole C. Emeneo
  • Christopher Fanolis
  • Ronald K. Floyd
  • Kendra C. Fregia
  • Joshua S. Geraghty
  • Corey A. Gilchrist
  • Gina M. Golia
  • Tracey Hartz
  • Kim Hearn
  • Matthew Herring
  • Reignor Horn
  • Rosetta Klemkosky
  • Joanna Asha Lassen
  • Iga W. Leszczynska
  • Jeffrey Lewis
  • Jill Mack
  • Kara E. Manierre
  • Ciara L. McBriarty
  • Joan P. McDonald
  • Sarah Merchant
  • John H. Mesham
  • Brendan R. Moon
  • Francis M. Nerkowski
  • Joseph E. Orzel
  • Kristen M. Pearce
  • Michael P. Pedersen
  • Matthew J. Peeler
  • Sean Peltier
  • Lalitha Peters
  • Joseph Poirier
  • Jillian M. Porter
  • Erika Puertas
  • Robin Robinson
  • Anthony P. Rykowski
  • Alttara Scheer
  • Karam Elahi T. Shafique
  • Litisha Sibblis
  • Lisa S. Stevens
  • Matthew Suplee
  • Sonia A. Thomas
  • Allison L. Waddington
  • Elizabeth Walcott
  • Magdalena Warzecha
  • Leafy A. Wheeler

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