Sean Cackoski, son of Mike & Kirsten Cackoski, was awarded the prestigious Rider University President’s Award on May 2.
The President’s Award is presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated an exemplary record of academic achievement, extra-curricular activity and service to the University. The highly competitive selection process is led by the dean of students and supported by faculty and staff. Three students were honored with the President’s Award this year.
Cackoski earned impressive academic honors, achieving a 3.9 GPA with a major in theatre performance and a minor in dance. “Receiving the President’s Award as a theater major is a reminder to me and to my colleagues that the work we do in the theatre and the sacrifices we make to do it are recognized and applauded by the broader community,” he says. “Art is an essential part of the human experience and this award accentuates its significance.”
While at Rider, Cackoski had the opportunity to study abroad twice. First, he traveled to London and Paris of the 2013 Arts Abroad trip during the winter term and the following year, he returned to London for a semester with the CAPA program. Because he enjoyed his journeys abroad so much, he applied to graduate school in Paris. Upon graduation, he will move to France to study at the prestigious L’École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a school that has graduated the likes of actor Geoffrey Rush, playwright and actor Steven Berkoff, and theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter.