Honors Day Ceremonies April 10 Recognize Academic Excellence at The University of Texas at Austin

April 5, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The academic accomplishments of 6,819 students from The University of Texas at Austin will be celebrated Saturday, April 10, during the 62nd annual Honors Day ceremonies in the university's Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall.

Of the honorees being recognized in two ceremonies, 5,355 students will be given the honorary title of College Scholar and 1,464 will be recognized as Distinguished College Scholars. In recognition of these students, the Tower will be lit orange on Saturday, April 10.  More information about Honors Day is available online.

The first ceremony at 10 a.m. will honor Distinguished College Scholars and College Scholars from the School of Architecture, McCombs School of Business, College of Education, Jackson School of Geosciences, College of Liberal Arts and School of Nursing.

The second ceremony at 2 p.m. will honor Distinguished College Scholars and College Scholars from the College of Communication, Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences, College of Pharmacy and School of Social Work.

Michael Adams, Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, will deliver the 2010 Honors Day Convocation address at both ceremonies. Adams is the director of the Dobie-Paisano Writer-in-Residence Program and associate director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

The student speaker at both ceremonies will be Grace M. Eckhoff of Haiti, who is a 2010 British Marshall Scholar. She is a Plan II Honors student in the College of Liberal Arts and an honors biology major in the Dean's Scholars Honors program in the College of Natural Sciences.

Introduced in 1948, Honors Day is a pre-Commencement event for graduating seniors and the occasion when students who have achieved academic excellence are honored by academic officers and deans, members of the faculty and student leaders. The Honors Day Convocation includes a procession of student honorees, presentation of medallions to Distinguished College Scholars by academic deans, inspirational messages and celebratory music.

Students recognized at Honors Day receive honors cords they can wear at Commencement. The honors cords are provided by the University Co-op.

To qualify for participation in Honors Day and be designated a College Scholar, a student must be registered as an undergraduate and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50. Distinguished College Scholars are undergraduates with an in-residence university grade-point average of at least 3.80. Scholars in both categories also must meet other criteria to qualify for participation in the Honors Day program.

Complimentary parking for the university-wide Honors Day ceremonies will be available in the Manor Garage (MAG) at the corner of Robert Dedman and Clyde Littlefield drives, and in the San Jacinto Garage (SJG) at the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard and 24th Street.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

6 Comments to "Honors Day Ceremonies April 10 Recognize Academic Excellence at The University of Texas at Austin"

1.  Steven Peskind, MD said on April 15, 2010

The Honors Day Ceremony was absolutely fantastic. I saw that it was being videotaped. Is there any chance the taped ceremonies could be posted on the web page or you tube for others to view who could not make it to the ceremony?

2.  Mom said on April 15, 2010

You should go to this to get your cords for commencement.

Love you and am very proud.

3.  Anne Jones said on April 15, 2010

To our wonderful daughter, Brianna who has made us so proud over the last four years. We are so proud of you and wish we could have been there for Honors Day.

May your future reflect how hard you have worked and may all the wonderful things tht you have worked so hard for come to light.

We love you and know that graduate school will be another wonderfully enlightening experience in your life.

Love always, Mom and Dad (Anne and Mark)

4.  Carol Soules said on April 16, 2010

This is more of a question than a comment. Is this just for graduating seniors? Or are these honors bestowed on underclassmen as well?

5.  Debbie Engle said on April 17, 2010

My daughter Lauren Engle, Nursing School student, was to be recognized at this event. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend this year. Could she still receive her certificate, program and honor cord? Please let me know.

Thank you.

Debbie Engle

6.  Linda Pevey said on April 28, 2010

Very nicely done Jonathan. We are so very proud of you and your drive to be the best you can be. We love you. Mom and dad and Laura