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Chem E honoree Uffelman ‘13 praises academics at convocation

Over 525 juniors and seniors were recognized for academic achievement at the 2013 Lehigh University’s Honors Convocation. Held in April at Baker Hall, students earning a GPA of 3.6 or higher were recognized and earned distinctions in other academic areas.

Through the Honors Convocation, Lehigh has honored its outstanding students for decades. The even has provided an opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of Lehigh's juniors and seniors from all majors.

“We salute you, our honor students, for your achievements,” said Lehigh President Alice P. Gast. “We acknowledge what you mean to the life of this university. You are leading in clubs and living groups, and in service to the community. You are running organizations and starting new businesses. You are active, engaged, responsible citizens. You are true leaders. We are very proud of you.”

Graduating senior and chemical engineer Lauren R. Uffelman '13, who will move on to ExxonMobil following graduation, was chosen to speak at this year's convocation.

Uffelman stumbled into Lehigh four years ago, initially unsure of her desire to pursue an engineering degree. However, through her time here, Uffelman says she learned how to study, how to fail, how to recalibrate expectations and how to motivate herself.

"My academic career, though painful at times, has surpassed my highest expectations," Uffelman explained. "I'm not just an engineering student anymore. I’m an engineer, and being able to say that is the best feeling in the world."

Read more about Uffelman's journey that brought her to Lehigh and see the full list of honorees from this year's Honor's Convocation at Lehigh University News.

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