21 May 2014

Sphinx 2014 speaks at graduation ceremonies & receives additional recognition

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Several members of the Sphinx Class of 2014 spoke at ceremonies during graduation weekend.

  • Dau Jok served as the student graduation speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum served as the student graduation speaker for the School of Engineering Graduation Ceremony on Monday, May 19, 2014.
  • Josh Cooper, Muhga Eltigani, and Mia Garuccio served as student speakers and religious leaders at the Baccalaureate Ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Josh said the Shehecheyanu blessing, Muhga spoke the opening verse of the Qur’an, and Mia read from the Beatitudes.
  • Spencer Penn, who serves as the Class of 2014 President, spoke at both the Ivy Day and Baccalaureate Ceremonies. He also bore the 2014 flag into Franklin Field on the morning of Commencement.

The members of the class have also received additional end-of-year recognition.

  • Dau Jok was recently presented with the Bus McDonald Award for the Most Inspirational Player on the Penn Men’s Basketball team at the annual post-season awards ceremony.
  • Isa Oliveres and Urja Mittal were inducted into Penn’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during graduation weekend.
  • Spencer Penn captained a five-person team of Penn students that won the Hult Prize regional competition in Boston earlier this spring and will compete against five other teams from around the world for the final $1 million prize. The Hult Prize has been nicknamed “the Nobel Prize for students” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Read more here.
  • Elysse Gorney was named to 2014 All-Ivy Softball First Team; this is her second time being named to the First Team and her fourth All-Ivy selection. Her teammate and fellow member of Sphinx (from the Class of 2015), Sydney Turchin, was named to the 2014 All-Ivy Softball Second Team. Read more about their selection and softball careers here.