Ryan Eckenrod, McCort Class of 2013 Valedictorian, has been nominated for two honors by the University of Maryland. The first, the prestigious University Medal, requires a minimum 3.96 GPA and is described in Ryan’s official nomination notification as follows:
Congratulations! Based on your outstanding academic record, you have been selected to apply for the University Medal. The University Medal is awarded by the President each year at the May Commencement ceremony to the single, most outstanding graduating senior of that academic year. The Medal recognizes the graduating senior who best represents academic distinction, exemplary character, and service to the campus or public communities. Consisting of a gold medal and a cash prize, the Medal is the highest honor the University can bestow on a single graduating senior in an academic year.
Ryan’s second honor is a nomination to be a commencement speaker at his May 2017 graduation ceremony. That notification read:
I am pleased to inform you that on the basis of your superb academic record you have been identified as a possible candidate for student speaker at the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in the Xfinity Center. Speaking for commencement is an extraordinary honor, awarded only to students with remarkable records.
Eckenrod is a senior at University of Maryland majoring in Computer Science with minors in Cybersecurity and Business. He is currently serving an internship with the Northrop Grumman Corporation and will begin graduate school at Maryland in the fall. He is the son of Robert and Beth Eckenrod. Mrs. Eckenrod is a McCort graduate, Class of 1985.