Cratis D. Williams Society inductees include three CAS graduates

Each year, the Graduate School seeks nominations for students to induct into the Cratis D. Williams Society. This society is designed to include the top two percent of graduates from the School of Graduate Studies each year. Inductees are chosen from among the nominees based upon their academic performance, their engagement in their discipline and their potential for leadership.

The Fall 2020 Cratis D. Williams Society inductees are: 

  • Stella Harden, M.A. Geography (CAS)

  • Lance Hardin, M.A. Appalachian Studies (CAS)

  • Jennifer McCracken, M.P.A. Master of Public Administration (CAS)

  • Andrea Bueno-Acosta, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Wyatt Bailey, M.S. Technology (Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment)

Nominations are accepted each Spring and Fall semester, and lists of eligible students are sent to departments shortly after the application for graduation deadline.

Specifically, nominees must:

  • be on track to graduate with a graduate degree (master's, specialist, doctoral);

  • be outstanding academically, with a graduate GPA of 4.0;

  • have engaged in or completed a project related to research, creative activities, practical professional experiences OR service as a significant part of their program of study;

  • have shown clear potential to be leaders in academic, workforce or community life.

The inductees will be honored with a medallion that may be worn at commencement, and will be recognized at the spring graduate student awards reception. Nominees will be limited to one per program and no more than two from each department. Congrats to these spring 2020 graduate students!


About graduate education at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies helps individuals reach the next level in their career advancement and preparedness. The school offers 70 graduate degree and certificate programs in a range of disciplines, including doctoral programs in education (Ed.D.) and psychology (Psy.D.). Classes are offered at the main campus in Boone as well as online and face-to-face at locations around northwestern North Carolina. The graduate school enrolls nearly 1,800 students. Learn more at

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Published: Dec 11, 2020 10:30am