Triple major Karl Martin Adam selected for College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award

Triple major Karl Martin Adam selected for College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award
Karl Martin Adam addressing graduates and audience members at the 2016 spring commencement ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, April 29, 2016.

Graduating senior Karl Martin Adam, from Ortonville, has been selected as one of two winners for this year’s College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award.

The award is presented to outstanding students who exemplify the wide variety and scope of work in the Arts and Sciences in their academic activities. The award carries with it a citation of achievement and a $250 honorarium.

Adam was recognized during the Oakland University afternoon commencement ceremony held on April 29, 2016. There, he delivered a speech to graduates and their families and guests just prior to the conferring of degrees. He shared the honor with Alexandra H. Zetye, who was highlighted in the morning ceremony.

While graduating with one undergraduate major is an accomplishment anyone can be proud of, Adam has an academic record that reflects he graduated with three majors this year. They are in the fields of philosophy, anthropology and history.

“Karl is a student of exceedingly rare qualities and displays a remarkably wide range of interdisciplinary erudition for a scholar of his age,” wrote Associate Professor and chair of The Department of Philosophy Mark Rigstad, Ph.D., in his award nomination letter. “He is the best student that I have had the privilege to teach since coming to Oakland University more than a decade ago.”

Karl Martin Adam photographOne characteristic about Adam’s that may surprise some is that he is blind. While blindness is often perceived as a devastating disability, his self-determination has turned that fact into just another one of life’s obstacles to overcome.

“Karl’s academic progress and determination has been a pleasure to observe and he has worked very diligently to earn this year’s Meritorious Achievement Award,” added Kevin J. Corcoran, Ph.D., professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He may not be able to see, but he definitely has strong vision for his future and he will make us all proud as an Oakland University alumnus.”

Enhancing his academic studies, Adam has been active in the Philosophy Club and Ethics Bowl team, serving in a number of leadership roles for both groups.

He is also a chess player, who competed in the 2009 Junior World Championship for the Visually Impaired in Stockholm, Sweden. Adam is also a talented piano player.

Adam plans to continue his education by starting the Ph.D. program in philosophy this fall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a premier program and he has been admitted with full financial support.

The icing on his cake is that he already has made big plans for the summer of 2018. That is when he plans to wed his fiancé Meagan Turner.

Congratulations to Karl Martin Adam and all of this year’s graduating students from Oakland University.

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