VWU to Welcome Fourth Batten Honors College Class

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The new class will be welcomed with the traditional Matriculation Ceremony on August 20

University News | July 13, 2020

Virginia Wesleyan University will welcome the fourth class this fall for its highly selective Batten Honors College. Founded in 2016 with the first class enrolled in 2017, the Batten Honors College has quickly emerged as a national niche program of the University.

The newest class boasts a collective grade point average of 4.21 on a 4.0 scale, an average SAT score of 1382, and an average ACT score of 30 (both ACT and SAT are a four-year high). Students hail from all over the country—California, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia—as well as internationally with both Germany and India represented.

The new class will be welcomed with the traditional Matriculation Ceremony on August 20 at 4 p.m. The Batten Honors College Convocation Ceremony, which includes a ceremonial pinning of each new student in recognition of their completion of orientation and formal induction into the program, will be held on September 10. Both events will be streamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network

The Batten Honors College is gratefully named for Virginia Wesleyan Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten and her late husband, Frank Batten, Sr. For nearly 40 years, Mrs. Batten has made Virginia Wesleyan a priority in many different ways, the latest of which is the development of the Batten Honors College.

"Mrs. Batten has been a force for change, improvement, and empowerment, and she believes deeply that students of the highest academic ability will flourish through this innovative program," said VWU President Scott D. Miller. "We are endlessly grateful for her passion for knowledge and her enduring support."

New Batten Fellows and Shumadine Scholars:

Raul Agosto   Jacksonville, NC
Tallon Allway   Ashburn, VA
Katelyn Baines   Atco, NJ
Brian Berkeley   Oak Hill, VA
Felix Bevc   Frankfurt, Germany
Melina Cabral   Seekonk, MA
Alex Cain   Chesapeake, VA
Claire Carter   Loris, SC
Cara Caruso   Ashburn, VA
Abigail Craige   Sea Isle City, NJ
Kiera Doyle   Davidsonville, MD
Erika Eichelberger   McConnellsburg, PA
Alecia Fischman   Harpers Ferry, WV
Makenna Good   Lebanon, PA
Henry Handley   Fredericksburg, VA
Brice Johnson   Elkhart, IN
Alysia Kelly   Gainesville, VA
Elias Kenworthy   Perkasie, PA
Dheeraj Koritala   Hyderabad, India
Casey Lang   Purcellville, VA
Alyssa Lane   Temple, PA
Abigail Mahoney   Dulles, VA
Breana Mahoney   Richmond, VA
Edward McDonald   Chesapeake, VA
Alexander Moody   Portsmouth, VA
Jillian Mulholland   Beachwood, NJ
Benjamin Olson   Henrico, VA
Aaron Oman   New Market, MD
Jack Palmer   Gainesville, VA
Gavin Prouty   Round Hill, VA
Rachel Quigley   Columbus, NJ
Stuart Reyes   Falls Church, VA
Nathan Richardson   Fredericksburg, VA
Alexandra Saxon   Stone Ridge, VA
Jaiden Shaw   Stafford, VA
Grace Sweers   Winterville, NC
Rhian Tramontana   Southold, NY
Kainaat Trehan   New Delhi, India
Brooke Underwood   Chesapeake, VA
Samantha Vos   New Paltz, NY
John Wampler   Crownsville, MD
Nolan Wilson   Binghamton, NY
Rachel Wilson   Aliso Viejo, CA
Davon Young   Hampton, VA