Ngwenya and Cabrera Receive 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallions

On May 10, two students received the highest non-academic awards at Rollins College commencement ceremony.

Rollins College is one of 61 colleges and universities in the South to award Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The awards honor Sullivan’s life of service and have been bestowed since 1890 on students whose “nobility of character” and service to others set them apart as examples to all. They demonstrate remarkable character and integrity, as well as a passion and commitment for service.

This year, the Reverend Shawn Garvey, who serves dual roles as senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park and interim dean of the chapel, presented graduating senior Lindokuhle “Lindo” Ngwenya ’15 with one of the two Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallions.

(Left to right) Interim Dean of the Chapel Shawn Garvey, the Reverend Talia Raymond ’02, Lindokuhle Ngwenya ’15, and Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Accapadi. (Photo by Scott Cook) (Left to right) Interim Dean of the Chapel Shawn Garvey, the Reverend Talia Raymond ’02, Lindokuhle Ngwenya ’15, and Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Accapadi. (Photo by Scott Cook)

“From the moment she set foot on campus, this student has exemplified global citizenship. She has made it her mission to make others feel at home on this campus, even as she herself was thousands of miles from her own home,” said Garvey.

Garvey went on to note that Ngwenya, who hails from South Africa, has been engaged as a peer advisor, as a diplomat with the Office of Admission, in R-Pride, in JUMP, as a leader of Immersion, as a resident in the Service House, and as an officer in Making Lives Better.

Luz “Gaby” Cabrera ’15 was the second recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallion at Rollins College. The presentation was made by alumna and associate minister of the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, the Reverend Talia Raymond ’02.

(Left to right) The Reverend Talia Raymond ’02, Gaby Cabrera ’15, Interim Dean of the Chapel Shawn Garvey, and Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Accapadi. (Photo by Scott Cook) (Left to right) The Reverend Talia Raymond ’02, Gaby Cabrera ’15, Interim Dean of the Chapel Shawn Garvey, and Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Accapadi. (Photo by Scott Cook)

“When you arrived on campus you took one deep breath and dove head first into a sea of diverse intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic traditions at Rollins College. You leave us having made our common life better,” said Raymond.

Cabrera helped resurrect the Latin American Student Association (LASA) where she went on to serve as vice president and eventually as president. She spearheaded the LASA Talks Politics social justice project and forged relationships and volunteered at the Apopka Home Community Center and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. She has also been engaged with the Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement as a participant and as a facilitator for the Social Justice Leadership Retreat. She was selected as one of just 150 U.S. college students to join the mentoring program, For Young People, to provide leadership development for students from diverse backgrounds.