Justin Deckert '15 receives the Condon Medal from President David A. Greene to a standing ovation.

Justin Deckert ’15 receives the Condon Medal from President David A. Greene to a standing ovation.

The seventh annual Colby Student Awards Ceremony, on May 5 in Lorimer Chapel, recognized Colby students’ academic achievements, leadership, and other contributions to the College. More than 30 academic departments and programs presented awards, as did the Division of Student Affairs, the Athletics Department, the Student Government Association, the Pugh Community Board, the Social Programming Board, and the Senior Class Council.

The last award announced Tuesday was the Condon Medal, the only student award also acknowledged at commencement.

Margaret M. Bower '15, chosen student commencement speaker by her classmates, is congratulated by President David A. Greene.

Margaret Bower ’15, chosen student commencement speaker by classmates, is congratulated by President Greene.

Honoring constructive citizenship, this year’s award goes to Justin Deckert ’15, president of the SGA. In presenting it President David A. Greene said that the student government at Colby this year was the best student government he’d worked with in 30 years in higher education.

The ceremony also included announcement of the senior class commencement speaker, Margaret M. Bower ’15, an English and American studies double major. She was chosen by members of her class to share the platform with commencement speaker Robert Redford May 24.

Before personally handing out awards, Greene said they all reflect contributions to Colby’s remarkable community, whether for scholarly or civic achievement, and he thanked students for their varied roles.

Also announced Tuesday was SGA’s 23rd annual Charles Bassett Senior Class Teaching Award, presented to Associate Professor of History John Turner, an expert on this history of Islam. Turner will give the Last Lecture to seniors at 4 p.m. May 18, and video of the address will be streamed live at colby.edu/livestream. Turner talks about his research, his teaching, and the “magic of the classroom” in this Colby Magazine story.

A list of all 2015 award winners is online in a PDF document.