Four Notre Dame College Graduates Receive Awards During Commencement

Two master’s degree and two bachelor’s degree candidates were honored for their leadership in and out of the classroom and their service to and in support of Notre Dame College during 2013 commencement ceremonies.

Laura Jean Camino, who received a master’s degree in professional education, and Izolda Masic, one of the first to graduate from the College with a master’s degree in security policy studies, received St. Catherine of Alexandria Awards during the graduate ceremony May 4.

During undergraduate commencement on May 5, Keith Alexander Cavey, who received a B.S.N. in nursing, was granted the Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn Award, and Caroline S. Carrington-Pratt, who graduated with a B.A. in communication, was recognized with the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award.

The master’s degree candidates who received the St. Catherine Award exemplify the high ideals of a Catholic education, including leadership, scholarship and service. The Finn Award is conferred upon a nontraditional undergraduate who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and is “Catalyst, Diligent, Scholarly, Spiritual, Resilient.” The Bosche Award is presented to a traditional undergraduate who demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness, a commitment to excellence and selfless service to Notre Dame.

Camino currently is an integrated science teacher, learning center leader and special needs case manager at Mayfield High School. In her action research project, capstone to the master’s program at the College, she helped increase special needs students’ on-task classroom behavior and improved their sense of self-efficacy to lead to improved academic achievement. The master’s degree she received from the College meets mild-moderate intervention specialist and reading endorsement requirements.

In addition to her coursework and research on how intelligence agencies understand and exploit social media in analyzing international security incidents, Masic worked as a graduate assistant in the online course development department at the College, where she researched legislation and completed applications for the authorization of Notre Dame’s Internet and distance learning programs in all 50 states.

Cavey spent eight years in the U.S. Marines as a piano player in one of the 12 bands stationed throughout the Corps, before enrolling at Notre Dame. Cavey, who graduated with honors, was on the president’s or dean’s lists every semester. A natural leader, he also participated in theater and was musical director of the campus performance of “Godspell.” At times, he could be found playing “the Blues” in the campus Falcon Café.

A member of the College choir, marching and concert bands and editor of the student newspaper, Carrington-Pratt, who graduated with the highest honors, served as a writing tutor for the Dwyer Learning Center and a note taker for the Academic Support Center. She worked as a barista at the Falcon Café and an office assistant for the education department. She also recently traveled to Nicaragua as part of International Immersion Experience, a course conducted at the College through a collaboration with International Partners in Mission.