Lincoln College student Ashlyn Carrol, named Student Laureates by Lincoln Academy

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[November 20, 2017]  The top students representing Illinois’ colleges and universities were honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Saturday, November 11 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

Governor Bruce Rauner, the President of the Lincoln Academy, and First Lady Diana Rauner presented each student with a certificate of merit, a Lincoln medallion, and a $1,000 check from The Lincoln Academy.

Ashlyn N. Carroll of Lincoln, a student at Lincoln College, was recognized as a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Pictured left to right are Lincoln Academy Chancellor Stephanie Pace Marshall, Lincoln College President David Gerlach, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, Ms. Carroll, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

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The annual Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Ceremony recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities by seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. Student Laureates are selected by their individual schools.

In addition to honoring the state's Student Laureates, Illinois is unique in the United States in selecting present or former citizens who have made outstanding contributions toward the progress and betterment of humanity to be honored as Laureates of the Lincoln Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln” from the Governor, a process that has been in place since 1964.

Proceeds from the spring Laureate Convocation are used to support the Student Laureate program each fall. For more information visit

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