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Academic Excellence Celebration 2024


Academic Excellence Mark

The 2024 Academic Excellence Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024, throughout the Lebanon, Illinois, campus.

On that day, students will present their scholarly and creative work to the McKendree community. In addition, students will receive distinguished achievement awards for excellence in their major or graduate program, and several honor societies will also induct new members. Classes will not be held on the Lebanon campus that day or evening, but students will be expected to attend AEC events instead. 

The event promises to be one of the highlights of the academic year!


8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Honor Society Inductions 

2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Reception: 3:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Tune In

10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

McKendree Radio: 

Students: Keely Davis, Markiese Jones, D’Aaron McCraney, Elana Melzer, Marvin Phipps, Kevin Stein, Khalyn Smith, Nicholas "Junior" Tinoco

Sponsor: Dr. Rich Murphy

Location: Piper Academic Center Lounge


Music Performances

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Mini Choral Concert


McKendree University Chamber Choir

Amari Bilbo, Braden Christian, Gabi Cuba, Laura Dismer, Samantha Elling, Eli Franklin, Hannah Garrison, Lars Gindler, Sonia Halabi, Anna Leitner, Caleb Marriott, Myles McGee

Melissa Ray, accompanist

Sponsor: Dr. Nancy S. Ypma

Location: The Hett Choir Room

7:00 p.m.

Instrumental Concert 


McKendree Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble:

(Flutes) Madison Bonner, Ash Conklin, Emily Goff, Faith Olds, Cheyenne Pride, Jolie Wagner

(Oboes) Kyle Dailor

(Bb Clarinets) Mackenzie Duncan, Grace Gross, Kennadi Hebel, Ben Murphy, Harmony Schallenberg

(Bass Clarinet) Jonathan Zarr 

(Alto Saxophone) Dow White, Riley Wuebbels

(Tenor Saxophones) Tristen Dame, Ethan Rock, Faith Stone

(Baritone Saxophone) Jessi Riley

(Trumpets) Lea Hoock, Hunter Peterson, Garrett Rappolee

(French Horns) Samantha Elling, Hayley Gentry, Gloria Ozorio

(Trombones) Alec Blaydes, Timothy Downen

(Bass Trombone) *Sean Harper

(Euphoniums) Alex Brandenburger, William Hein, Elana Melzer, Brennan Peck, Alyssa Scherer

(Tubas) Sean Harper, Marin Jalinsky, David Justice

(Percussionists) Gabi Cuba, Eli Franklin, Luke Geppert, Megan Melone, Vladimir Puskovitch, Jacob Rounds

Sponsor: Dr. Jen Moder-Bell

Location: The Hett


12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The McKendree Museum is located in the Chapel on the McKendree University campus. 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The McKendree University Gallery of Art is located on the McKendree University campus at 305 Stanton Street. 

Feel free to share, comment, and participate on our AEC Facebook page using #McKAEC24  and tag our Instagram page @mckaec. Photos of the events can be found at

For questions, contact Dr. Alan Alewine, Associate Provost,, (618) 537-6524.