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History Major Receives Tigrett Medal at the 100th Presentation of the Award

May 21, 2011

Kate Cline, who had a double major in history and English, received Union University’s most prestigious honor for graduating seniors - the Elizabeth Tigrett Medal – at the school’s graduation services on May 21, 2011. This year’s presentation represented the 100th time the school has given the award. Criteria used for determining the winner each year include academic excellence, solid moral character, and university and community service. The award recipient is determined by a vote of the university faculty.

Union presented the first Tigrett Medal to an outstanding graduating student in 1912 and has done so annually ever since. The university marked the 100th occasion of the award by holding a special reception for past medal recipients on graduation afternoon; twenty-eight previous Tigrett Medal winners attended this event.

Kate achieved much while she was a student at Union. In addition to a record of outstanding work in the classroom, she participated in many extra activities. Several of these were related to the history department. She was, for example, very involved in department’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, where she served as chapter president in 2010-2011 and presented papers at both the society’s 2010 national biennial convention in San Diego, California, and the 2010 Alabama regional conference at the University of North Alabama. She participated in the honor society’s community service projects at Green Frog Historic Village in Alamo, Tennessee, in 2009, and at Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee, in 2010. In addition, Kate was one of several department students and faculty who spent a Saturday morning in November, 2010, working at the home of history professor Dr. Terry Lindley while he was convalescing from surgery. The department recognized Kate for her academic accomplishments and service to the university and community by awarding her the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pin and Academic Excellence Certificate at its annual awards banquet in early May.


Kate Cline, a major in both history and English, walks to the stage at Union University’s spring commencement exercises on May 21, 2011, to receive the university’s 100th Tigrett Medal. The university awarded its first Tigrett Medal in 1912.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery presents the 2011 Elizabeth Tigrett Medal to Kate Cline at Union’s spring graduation on May 21, 2011.