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Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) has announced that 11 seniors have been named SU:VPA Scholars, the college’s highest undergraduate academic honor.

The SU:VPA Scholars program was established to recognize the achievements of the college’s top seniors. Students are selected based on academic performance, creative/scholarly work and service to the college and the community. The scholars are recognized at SU:VPA’s annual convocation ceremony, which will be held during SU’s Commencement Weekend on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

The 2016 SU:VPA Scholars are:

  • Nicholas Abelgore, a performance major in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music;
  • Chloe Barker, an environmental and interior design major in the School of Design;
  • Markova Casseus, a communication and rhetorical studies major in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies;
  • Jessica Culver, an environmental and interior design major in the School of Design;
  • Lily Fein, a ceramics and history of art major in the School of Art;
  • Carolyn Goldstein, a performance major in the Setnor School of Music and music histories and culture major in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Rachel Heyman, a music education major in the Setnor School of Music;
  • Esesua Ikpefan, an environmental and interior design major in the School of Design;
  • Terry Jones, a film major in the Department of Transmedia;
  • Jenna Stango, a music education major in the Setnor School of Music; and
  • Tori Thibodeaux, an environmental and interior design major in the School of Design.