Twelve graduates achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages, earning the status of Class of 2014 Valedictorian. In addition, 24 graduates were awarded the Hotchkiss Scholar designation, an academic honor recognizing exceptional achievement that is awarded to the top 5% of each graduating class. Founded by LFGSM in 1984, this honorary society was named for Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III, President Emeritus of Lake Forest College and an active member of the LFGSM Board of Directors for nearly 20 years. Valedictorian - Jaimita Patel Among the Class of 2014 Valedictorians is Jaimita Patel, who gave the Valedictory Address. In her remarks, Patel described the overwhelming support from family, friends, faculty and above all, fellow graduates, "As a fellow graduate, you pushed each other for the same objective: to challenge one another in order to elevate the learning experience."

Patel singled out one classmate and fellow graduate in particular who she considers not only a true friend but a sister. This friend helped her to become more open to other's viewpoints, to learn how to listen, and to grow both personally and professionally. The experiences and lessons they shared were just as important as the milestone of graduating. "What I am trying to say is that we do not get through this life alone and we certainly did not get through THIS journey alone."

Patel explained how important Lake Forest Graduate School was in her journey to find success, "BITTERSWEET took on an entirely new meaning. After all, this was my third home (and at times probably my second). It became a part of who I am."

Browman received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz before pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health Sciences University and is currently Associate Director in the Discovery Strategic Portfolio Management area at AbbVie.

Class of 2014 Hotchkiss Scholars

Deena J. Ali

Marta L. Aranda

Steven Allen Barrett

Kelly Marie Begley

Lisa Renee Brown

Sean Patrick Buchanan

Crystal M. Cartwright

Steven R. Cramer

Bryan David Green

Kathrina Maye A. Johnson

Kimberly O'Malley Kurth

Eugene Yauung Leung

Adam Andrew Moran

Paula Renee Owens

Jaimita Y. Patel

Siddhartha Paul

Aristotle Peter Petruleas

Venkata Nagaraju Sayala

Larry Allen Schwartz

Michael Joseph Slade

Timothy Lee Tibbals

Dariusz Tyszka

Shawn Brandon Winters

Patricia C. Wolf


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