LOWELL -- Caitlin Pinkham, a resident of Townsend and member of UMass Lowell's Class of 2013, was recognized as a Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar at the university's Commencement on May 18.

Pinkham, who majored in history, is one of 34 students awarded the prestigious title this year.

The distinction is given to bachelor's degree recipients who have been enrolled in the UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program as undergraduates and have completed a senior honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students are required to give a public presentation of their thesis at an event such as the annual UMass Lowell Student Research Symposium. In addition, they must have completed 18 honors credits prior to graduation and have at least a 3.25 grade point average.