Seniors to Be Honored at Commencement
Nominated by faculty and their peers, seven students were selected for their notable accomplishments as UA undergraduates.

University Relations - Communications
April 27, 2015

Seven exceptional seniors will be honored for their outstanding achievements during the University of Arizona's Commencement ceremony on May 16.

Nominated by faculty and their peers, the students were selected for their notable accomplishments as UA undergraduates.

This year's honorees include:

Provost Award

This award honors an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the UA from an Arizona community college. Criteria for the award include perseverance and commitment to academic studies, contributions to the UA community, and above-average scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership.

Vincent Redhouse is a member of the Navajo Nation and is a first-generation college student.

Raised in Tucson, he graduated from high school in 2006 and spent the next several years taking classes at Pima Community College on an intermittent basis. With support from his family and friends, Redhouse completed the requirements for the Arizona General Education Curriculum and transferred to the UA in 2012. His degree is in philosophy, politics, economics and law. While studying at the UA, Redhouse has worked with various organizations to improve retention and graduation rates for Native American students.

Robert Logan Nugent Award

Candidates for this award display a record of accomplishments that exemplifies the high ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, who was the UA's executive vice president. Those ideals include active and enthusiastic participation and service in community and University endeavors.

Amanda Ehredt will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the UA with a Bachelor of Arts in history with honors, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and a minor in adolescents, community and education.

Thanks to her outstanding commitment to service and scholarship, she has earned membership into Phi Beta Kappa, the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Pre-Law Fraternity. After graduation, she plans to attend the James E. Rogers College of Law.

Stephanie Kha is a National Merit Scholar from Mesa, Arizona, who will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the UA Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, and a minor in sociology.

While at the UA, Kha was able to achieve high academic distinction while being actively engaged in health advocacy, cancer research and community outreach. She has been involved in the ASUA Student Health Advocacy Committee for four years and leads six subcommittees in coordinating health promotion programs. She also organized a tobacco-free initiative that cleaned up 22,000 cigarette butts across campus.

Robie Gold Medal Award

Qualifications for this award include personal integrity, initiative, cooperation, enthusiasm, humility, well-rounded interests, active participation in student affairs, service to the University, willingness to give more than required, and a love of God and country.

Carolina Ramirez is a first-generation American from Yuma, Arizona.

After completing her first economics course as part of a Stanford University summer program, she was motivated to pursue a degree in economics after noting she was the only minority and one of the few females in the course. While at the UA, Ramirez was named one of the Eller College of Management's top 20 undergraduates, and a top-50 Eller Hispanics and Collegiate Woman. Ramirez will graduate Cum Laude with a degree in economics and minor in Spanish. After graduation, she will begin working as a technology risk consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Stephanie Zawada is a native Tucsonan graduating Magna Cum Laude from the UA Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry, as an associate in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Program and with a minor in management information systems and biosecurity.

While at the UA, Zawada served as leadership and development director for ASUA and co-designed Tech Launch Arizona's fellows program to expose students to careers in commercialization. She also chaired the IT Student Advisory Board, soliciting student feedback from across campus and engineering a funding proposal process for new information technology initiatives.

Merrill P. Freeman Medal

Born in 1844 in Ohio, Merrill Freeman served the UA as a regent and as a chancellor, and his will provided for two medals to be awarded annually to students selected by the UA administration. Qualifications include outstanding qualities of moral force of character. Additional factors that may be considered include popularity, receipt of athletic awards, membership in organizations and service on committees as officers.

Alex Huhn is graduating from the Eller College of Management with a Bachelor of Science in business management and an emphasis in Spanish. Huhn was admitted to Eller Leadership and Integrity Training for Excellence, the college's distinguished freshman program that helps students develop their social and professional skills. In 2014, Huhn was elected as president of the Eller Leadership Board and oversaw the ELITE program. His long-term goals are to become an entrepreneur and community leader focused on building aquatic centers whose emphasis is on teaching future generations to swim, snorkel and scuba dive.

Jennifer Sedler will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the UA Honors College with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in physiology and a minor in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. A fifth-generation native of Arizona, Sedler earned the title of Miss Arizona in 2011 and spent the year speaking at outreach events to thousands of K-12 students across the state. At the UA, she was a member of the Physiology Club, the Flying Samaritans UA and the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Sedler plans to continue her education at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and pursue a career as a physician.

More information about the awardees is available online.

Extra info

The UA's 151st Commencement ceremony will be held May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. More information about the ceremony is available online for 2015 graduates and also family members and other guests.


More information about the UA's spring Commencement ceremony and the convocation events is available online: