Grand Valley State University Graduation: 2021

Bachelors in Writing

The distinction in writing is an honorary award for writing completed outside of the regular curriculum in a variety of experiences. It is completed entirely at the student’s initiative over their time in the writing program. 

I also received an award from my Writing advisor, Jerry Stinnett in recognition of my work within the program. He was the faculty member who oversaw my completion of the distinction in writing as well as my professor for the writing capstone. This award was recognized at the Writing Department’s Senior Celebration in April via zoom. 

Bachelors in English: Language & Literature

In order to complete a major in the Language and Literature emphasis a capstone thesis and presentation are required to graduate. I built upon my previous scholarly work and examined the use of Expressive Response in the Postmodern Fairy Tale Briar Rose by Jane Yolen.  This thesis presentation was later presented at the Michigan College English Association’s 2020 conference. 

Creative Scholar Designation

I also received the Undergraduate Research Scholar designation on my diploma for my work within the Office of Undergraduate Research, where I also served as a student ambassador. 


The transcript designation recognizes undergraduate student excellence. To qualify, students participate in multiple mentored scholarship opportunities as well as on- and off- campus dissemination of their research.