• Muriel Petioni, a physician who served the Harlem community for more than 40 years, was presented with the Medal of Distinction, the highest award bestowed by Barnard College. Dr. Petioni was the only woman in the 1937 graduating class of Howard University’s medical school.

• Suzanne Malveaux, the White House correspondent for CNN, received the Medal for Excellence from Columbia University. The award is given to a graduate of the university who is under 45 years of age. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia in 1991.

• Quincy Jones, musician, composer, producer, and recording industry executive, was presented with the George Peabody Medal from Johns Hopkins University. Jones was recognized for his large body of work in American music. He has received 79 Grammy nominations and has won the music industry’s highest award 27 times.

• Mary A. Smith, associate professor of biology at North Carolina A&T State University, received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina board of governors. The award comes with a $7,500 cash prize.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morgan State University. She earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University.