Each year at commencement, the University recognizes outstanding academic performance in each class by awarding the Klich Academic Achievement Award. Given to the graduate who has earned the highest grade-point average, the Award is named in honor of Christopher Newport alumnus and Hampton Roads real estate developer and investor Gregory Klich (’84). Students must begin and complete their academic career at CNU to be eligible for the Klich Award.

This year’s winner is Andrew Garmon, who earned a 3.99 grade-point average. Garmon graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in applied physics, and a second major in computational and applied mathematics. In addition to his outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, he was a member of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, the math club, the Society of Physics Students and Phi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society.

This fall Garmon plans to attend graduate school at Clemson University, where he will pursue a PhD program in physics.

The Klich Award includes a commemorative certificate and a cash award of $2,000.