CASL to recognize Chancellor's Medallion Recipients, December 2017

December 1, 2017

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will recognize two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremonies on December 16.

Sumer Ghazala and Bryce Michelle Weick will be recognized as CASL's two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremonies on December 16. Miss Weick will also speak at the afternoon graduation. Each commencement, faculty choose Chancellor's Medallion recipients based on academic records, quality of character, vitality, intellect and integrity.

Sumer Ghazala graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics. She also graduates from the UM-Dearborn Honors Program. Ms. Ghazala attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Her many academic honors include making the Dean’s List every semester, earning University Honors every year, and being named a Political Science Honors Scholar and a James B. Angell Scholar.

Ms. Ghazala’s many scholarships include the Helen Mataya Graves Political Science Scholarship, the John Dempsey Scholarship, the Honors Program Scholarship, the CASL Alumni Affiliate Scholarship, the Slosberg and Sorscher Memorial Scholarship, the Richard Reynolds Memorial Scholarship and the Michigan Competitive Scholarship.

She was selected as a Trials Scholar and also won the Outstanding Delegate Award in two categories at the Michigan Model Arab League competition in 2016. She held internships at the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Wayne County Third Circuit Court, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, MAHLE Behr USA Inc., and Space Exploration Technologies. She is founder and president of the UM-Dearborn Pre-Law Association as well as the Birmingham Tutoring Group. Ms. Ghazala also has served as vice president of the Food Recovery Network and business lead of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (Combustion). She recently returned from exercising her entrepreneurial spirit and skills at Space Exploration Technologies for the second time. Ms. Ghazala has also served as a volunteer at the Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Baldwin Center during her time in college.

Ms. Ghazala was named a 2017 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker. Nominated by faculty and staff, Difference Maker recipients are recognized for academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contribution in and out of the classroom.

Ms. Ghazala plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law, with a focus on the areas of public interest and social entrepreneurship.


Bryce Michelle Weick will graduate with High Distinction and a degree in international and Hispanic studies with concentrations in Spanish and communications.

Since her arrival at UM-Dearborn, Miss Weick has embraced every opportunity to contribute and to learn.

In the process, she collected the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize (2014), earned Dean's List honors every term, received the Spanish Honors Award every term, and was awarded the International Studies Spanish Student of the Year Award (2017). She also was recently awarded the (M)Talent, the highest level of achievement in the Talent Gateway. She is the recipient of the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the International Studies Essay Scholarship, the Sam Zehra Scholarship and other private scholarships.

Miss Weick has been a leader in the Spanish Club (La Mezcla), in the study abroad program, and in the classroom, where professors note that her intellectual curiosity is contagious. She also has made significant contributions to the wider campus community, serving as orientation leader, talent ambassador and Wolverine Orientation Wilderness (WOW) counselor. This fall, she helped organize the 2nd Annual Midwest College Campuses Food Pantry Summit, hosted by UM-Dearborn’s College and University Pantries (CUP) research team.

“Bryce takes on graduate-level projects and challenges,” one professor writes, including one project he describes as “an amazing philosophical and metaphysical essay.”

Miss Weick plans to pursue graduate work in public administration.

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