Colgate encourages students to strive for excellence in their chosen fields of academic endeavor and honors those who achieve distinction in their academic performance. A reception was held earlier this month to congratulate students who won departmental academic awards in the 2012-13 academic year.

The list of winners includes Charles A. Dana Scholars, who are selected each spring in recognition of superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community.  This is a significant academic award, perhaps the most significant after Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society founded in 1776 and organized at Colgate in 1878.

Also honored at the reception were those students named George W. Cobb Fellows for having demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and influence among their fellow students.

A separate convocation will be held May 18 as part of commencement weekend for seniors who receive academic awards.