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Union presents 100th Tigrett Medal to standout senior

President Dockery presents the 100th Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline during the May 21 graduation ceremony.
President Dockery presents the 100th Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline during the May 21 graduation ceremony.
Related Resource(s): Tigrett Medal Winners (.pdf)

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JACKSON, Tenn.May 21, 2011 – When Union University President David S. Dockery presented the Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline during the May 21 graduation ceremony, it marked the 100th time for an outstanding Union senior to receive the award.

“The Tigrett Medal is based on academic excellence, strong moral character and service to the university and the community,” said Gary Williams, Union’s associate vice president for alumni relations. “It’s the highest award Union gives to a graduating senior.”

According to the 1912 Union catalogue, Ben Hill Blalock initiated the award as a tribute to Isaac B. Tigrett. An 1898 graduate of Southwestern Baptist University (later renamed Union University), I.B. Tigrett was a railroad president and also served as acting president of Union from 1909-1911. To honor his mother, the award was later renamed the Elizabeth Tigrett Medal.

Over the past 100 years, since R.M. Shelbourne received the first Tigrett Medal in 1912, Union has presented the award to students from a broad variety of backgrounds and majors.

Among those 100 recipients are:

About 30 of past Tigrett Medal winners were on hand for the May 21 graduation ceremony. Earlier in the day, the winners were recognized at the graduates’ reception.


Related Resource(s): Tigrett Medal Winners (.pdf)

 

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5/21/11 - Union presented the Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Elizabeth Cline, who double majored in history and English. This marked the 100th year for the presentation of the Tigrett Medal to an outstanding senior.
5/21/11 - Union presented the Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Elizabeth Cline, who double majored in history and English. This marked the 100th year for the presentation of the Tigrett Medal to an outstanding senior. - Morris Abernathy
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5/21/11 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents the Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline at spring graduation.
5/21/11 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents the Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline at spring graduation. - Morris Abernathy

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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