SIS Annual Awards and Graduation Night Celebration

The School of Information Sciences community came together virtually on Thursday, December 3, for the Annual Awards and Graduation Night celebration. Nearly 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff joined to celebrate this year’s award and scholarship Awards and Graduation Night logowinners and Class of 2020 graduates. 

Those who joined early enjoyed music from SIS alumnus Mike Dutkewych who spun soul records from his collection of obscure Detroit music to welcome attendees into the Zoom room. In addition to the program, attendees participated in an interactive "unboxing" of SIS gifts, a toast to the award winners and graduates and many posted messages of congratulations and good will on chat.

If you were not able to attend the event you can watch a full recording of the event below. Check out the virtual program for a complete list of award and scholarship recipients and Class of 2020 graduates.

Click here to view the virtual program



Congratulations to the award recipients!

Sandra MartinSandra Martin

Shiffman Medical Library Director (retired), Wayne State University

Professional Service Award

This award acknowledges Wayne State alumni and other individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the Michigan library community during their careers and have supported the School of Information Sciences.


Rong TangRong Tang, MLIS ’95

Associate Professor, Co-director, SLIS Ph.D. Program; Director, IPI Certificate Program, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

This award is presented to a SIS graduate who has made outstanding contributions to the library and information science field. It recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the profession based on job performance, service, publications or other relevant professional activity.


Nathaniel ArndtsNathaniel Arndts

Patricia B. Knapp Award

Awarded each year to the graduating student who has demonstrated a high level of scholarship and shows promise of success in a career in library and information service. The recipient shall be selected on the basis of demonstrated scholastic achievement, evidence of research capability and professional commitment.




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