Lincoln College senior Brighton Robbins was among the state’s top students honored Saturday, Nov. 17, as a Student Laureate, by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

The Academy hosted its 43rd annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the state’s four-year degree-granting colleges and universities and one student from the community colleges in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Brighton is a Criminal Justice major and plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a teacher. She is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Robbins of Lincoln.

Each student is presented with a certificate of merit signed by the governor, a Lincoln medallion, and a $1,000 check.

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.