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Academic Excellence Celebration 2023

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The 2023 Academic Excellence Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023, 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!


8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


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

Honor Society Inductions 

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Reception: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Tune In

10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

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Students: Antonio Munoz, Bryce Kollack, Courtney Smith, David Richard, Ethan Hansen, Ethan Young, Felicity Crowell, Hannah White, Jackson Lustig, Keely Davis, Quinn Atchison 

Sponsor: Dr. Rich Murphy

Location: Piper Academic Center Lounge


Music Performances

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Mini Choral Concert

Performers: McKendree University Chamber Choir

Asbury, Caitlin Asbury, Reese Borth, Brianna Burke, Anthony Butler, Julian Castillo, Felicity Crowell, Gabi Cuba, Kyle Dailor, Laura Dismer, Timothy Downen, Christopher Durbin, AaNyla Edwards, Sammy Elling, Brad Eston, Lars Gindler, Sonia Halabi, Sean Harper, Jade Heuer, Lea Hoock, Olivia Lebert, Anna Leitner, Abby Mackin, Caleb Marriott, Isabelle Norwood, Khaleo Price, Jessi Riley, Harmony Schallenberg, Zoey Slack, Zara Thompson, Madeline Trinity, Luna Tsuzuki, Elijah Wheaton, Riley Wuebbels

Sponsor: Dr. John McDonald

Location: The Hett Lobby

7:30 p.m.

Instrumental Concert 

Performers: McKendree University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble*:

(Flutes) *Emily Goff, *Brianna Johnson, Cheyenne Pride, Charlee Taylor 

(Oboes) Kyle Dailor, Mary Kelly

(Bb Clarinets) Grace Gross, *Harmony Schallenberg, Claire Wilke

(Bass Clarinet) *Jonathan Zarr 

(Alto Saxophone) *Riley Wuebbels

(Tenor Saxophones) Joel Jessup, Ethan Rock, Faith Stone

(Baritone Saxophone) *Jessi Riley

(Trumpets) *Lea Hoock, Taylor Seibert, *Shanyn Simmerman, *Jacob Vossekuil

(French Horns) *Samantha Elling, Hayley Gentry, *Dagon Murray, *Drake Murray, *Peyton Osgood, Gloria Loeza Ozorio

(Trombones) *Alec Blaydes, *Timothy Downen, De’Shawn Ware

(Bass Trombone) *Sean Harper

(Euphoniums) *Alex Brandenburger, *Bradley Eston, Caleb Leonard, Elana Melzer, Michael Tindall

(Tubas) Sean Harper, *David Justice

(Percussionists) *Julian Castillo, *Gabi Cuba, *Jade Heuer, *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 and use #McKAEC23 when posting.  Photos of the events can be found at

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