Laurel Awards is the end-of-the-year celebration for most Undergraduate Degree Programs of Mount Saint Mary's University, Doheny Campus. Modeled on the ancient Greek custom of bestowing laurel wreaths on the victors in the Olympics, we designate this celebration as a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors. Originating in 1974, this award celebration has continually celebrated the success of students with faculty, staff, administration, and family. We thank you for all you have done to contribute to student life at the Mount in support of your peers and the entire community.
We honor the Sisters of Saint Joseph, founded to help women achieve all of which we are capable. We celebrate by bestowing Laurels: the symbol of victory for the ancient Greeks, the symbol of academic achievement and service in our own day. We call to mind the motto of Mount Saint Mary’s University: Deus illuminatio mea, or God is my light, so that we may remember that the gifts God has bestowed on us are meant to illumine and serve the world.
With God’s light to guide us on our path, we can say with St. Paul: I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith. St. Matthew tells us that Jesus said to us: You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
This year we are happy to announce and celebrate the 2021 Estelle Doheny award recipient, Aaryona Adams! This prestigious Mount award is presented to second year students involved in the total college environment, who have significantly impacted the University. Additionally, the award recipient is recognized for personifying the characteristics of Christian service, graciousness, and concern for the community.
Aaryona has graciously served in many leadership roles at the Mount. In her freshman class year, she joined the Mount Leadership Scholar Program. In her Sophomore year, she is currently involved in ISAE, NSLS, Business Club, SGA, WISH, BSU. She plans to work during the summer as an orientation leader and run for the general senator position with SGA. Aaryona has worked as a servant leader during the time of great adversity. She has led with compassion and has been a true example of being Unstoppable.
We also are happy to celebrate all of the Laurel Wreath, Laurel Circle, Academic Dept. Awards, & the AA students graduating with honors. We give special thanks for your perseverance and resilience.
Academic Department Awards
Faculty selected students for the following awards, based upon their academic achievement and future promise.
Department of Business Administration
Academic Excellence in Business Administration Award: Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Outstanding Student in Business Writing Award: Sofia Rodriguez
Department of Early Childhood Education and Child Development
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Child Development Award:
Department of English
Outstanding Achievement in Appreciation of Literature:
Lisa Winkleman Gonzalez
Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award:
Darlene Arceo Montenegro
Karen Garcia Diaz
Astrid Granados Garcia
Department of History and Political Science
Outstanding Achievement of a Political Science Student Award: Melanie Siguenza
Pre-Health Nursing Program
Top AA Pre-Health Nursing Student Award: Jacqueline Salazar
Department of Psychology
Outstanding Achievement of a Liberal Arts/Psychology Student Awards:
Students Graduating With Honors
Our following Doheny students are expected to graduate with honors. These students have established and maintained an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher through their final fall semester in their degree program. They will wear honor cords at the Traditional Undergraduate drive-in commencement ceremony May 11th, 2021 at Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Honor Society and Service Awards
We acknowledge the following students for their commitment to academic excellence and student involvement across the Doheny campuses.
Phi Theta Kappa
Mariana Casas Contreras
Jasmine De Luis
Shelby Escun Chavez
Daisy Garcia Hernandez
Amanda Nicole Magno
Helen Grace Mantohac
Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Marilia Villafuerte Hernandez
The Following Awards Are For Students Who Especially Stood Out Among Their Peers:
Sr. Angela Marie Mesa, CSJ Award
Balancing the many aspects of life is a challenge for all students. Sometimes, the challenges are so significant that a student should be recognized for achievement in the face of adversity. The Sr. Maria Angela Mesa Award is given to students who withstood significant personal challenges during their years at the Mount, and responded with grace, perseverance, and exceptional courage.
Alyssa Ayame Lugo
Jan Xavienne Nunez
Amanda R. Dantes
Andrew A. Hernandez
The presentation of laurels throughout history acknowledges achievement, and tonight we continue that tradition by inviting a hard-working group of students into the Laurel Wreath and the Laurel Circle. The Women’s Leadership staff has the privilege of working with students in various leadership roles at the Doheny campus. The Laurel Wreath is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership in a variety of campus involvement opportunities such as the Business Club, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Residence Life, and a host of other organizations and programs on the Doheny campus all while maintaining a 2.5 GPA or above. Faculty and staff have nominated these student leaders based on their leadership and participation in the co-curricular life of the University. Into the Laurel Wreath we invite the following students:
We thank all of you leaders in the Laurel Wreath and celebrate the light and energy you have brought this community!
We have a tradition of honoring our second-year students who have shown exceptional leadership in different clubs and activities on campus. The Laurel Circle recognizes students who have taken an active leadership role in campus life on the Doheny Campus, all while maintaining a 2.75 GPA or above. Although there are many worthy students, the Mount community chose to honor these particularly outstanding leaders. Into the Laurel Circle we invite the following students:
We thank the new Laurel Wreath and Laurel Circle leaders and celebrate the light and energy you have brought this community!
Congratulations to all those receiving awards, all those who have earned honors, all students recognized for their contributions, and all students graduating, moving into a new program, or moving into a new chapter in their lives!
May we learn
how to see God’s light all around us:
In the sick we care for,
in the homeless we help to shelter,
in the hungry we work to feed…
and in all those who walk with us along the way.
May we at the Mount
always shine God’s light upon one another.