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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky- University of the Cumberlands presented Kate Sexton (Knoxville, Tennessee) with the Emma McPherson English Award during the fifty-second Honors Day Convocation on Monday April 25, 2011.

The Emma McPherson English Award was named in honor of Miss Emma McPherson, long time dean of students and English professor at Cumberlands.

Daughter of John and Debra Sexton, graduating senior Kate has maintained a 4.0 GPA and was also inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Honor Society. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a 3.5 standing or better each semester. The student must have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. Students who have transferred to the University have a different set of rules depending on G.P.A. and number of hours taken at UC.

Graduating with high honor for attaining a minimum of 3.85 cumulative standing, she is graduating with a double major in English and Spanish.

Sexton also spent the summer of 2010 studying in Mexico in order to reinforce her desire to work with Hispanic immigrants.

Added to her English department writing awards and membership in both the English and Spanish honor societies, Kate has completed a Presidential Scholars project titled, “’A Story That’s Truer Than True’: A Linguistic Exploration of Lee Smith’s Oral History.”

Following her graduation, Sexton will be entering Cumberlands’ Master of Arts in Teaching programs, teaching English and Spanish at the middle school level, and become certified to teach English as a second language.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.