On May 13, at commencement ceremonies marking the end of the 237th academic year at Hampden-Sydney College, Jared Christian, Class of 2012 (right), received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion. The award was presented by Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of Hampden-Sydney College. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion is given annually by the New York Southern Society in honor of its first president, Algernon Sydney Sullivan. This award is given to a member of the graduating class distinguished for excellence of character and generous service to his fellows.
Christian has served as the New Media Coordinator, managing social media for the Dean of Students Office and, for two years he participated in New Student Orientation, guiding incoming classes in transition to college life. In the fall of 2011, he served as the Chairman of New Student Orientation. He says, "It has been amazing to help so many of our new students turn into great college students, peers, leaders, and mentors."
Christian served as Chairman of Elections and Surveys, a student government cabinet position, in his junior and senior years and was a member of the College Democrats, the Spanish Club, and the Chess Club. He was elected a member of the national honor society, the Society for College Journalists for his work with the student radio station, WWHS. He was the recipient at Opening Convocation in August 2010 of the President's Award for Scholarship and Character and was recognized for leadership in the 2012 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Graduating with a B.S. in computer science, Christian is the grandson of Ellis & Grace Rustand of Chestertown.