Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1928, Connecticut College has honored 13 seniors as Winthrop Scholars.
The designation of Winthrop Scholar is the highest academic honor bestowed by the College. Reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, the honor is named for John Winthrop the Younger, who founded the city of New London and served as governor of Connecticut.
Winthrop Scholars are also the first members of their class selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education.
At a Feb. 25 ceremony recognizing the scholars, President Katherine Bergeron said she was honored to celebrate the “newest members of the oldest honor society” in the United States.
“As your life as a student at Conn is quickly coming to a close, don’t forget that you love learning,” the president told the scholars. “That is what is going to keep your life on course.”
Derek Turner, professor of philosophy and associate director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address, “Studying Evolution in Church.” He told the scholars that great academics are driven by the torment of unanswered questions.
“I want to congratulate you on becoming a tormented spirit,” he said. “As Winthrop Scholars, you are joining this super cool club of over-achievers.”