56th Honors Convocation
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall
The annual Honors Convocation is held each spring to recognize students who achieve academic excellence in their studies at Buffalo State.
One of the oldest traditions on campus, Honors Convocation is co-sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and the Academic Affairs Office. The student president of Kappa Delta Pi serves as the master of ceremonies, and the faculty speaker is chosen from one of the Buffalo State schools. The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony and reception.
Eligibility & Notification
Students who achieve a cumulative 3.50 GPA and higher and have completed a minimum 45 credit hours at Buffalo State (30 for transfer students) by the close of grades in December 2012 or January 2013 (for students taking January-term classes) are invited to attend the April 18, 2013 ceremony. Eligible students will receive an e-mail invitation and instructions at their Buffalo State student e-mail addresses in early March.
Link here to RSVP. The names of eligible students will be included in the program booklet that is distributed at Honors Convocation and posted on this website following the ceremony. Students who respond by the deadline will also see the names of their invited faculty and staff included in the program .
Regarding graduating students and the invitation to wear the gold honors cord at Commencement: Please link to Academic Honors (PDF) for detailed information.
The college will submit news releases for Honors Convocation honorees to local and hometown newspapers when a student indicates so in the response form. The Buffalo News does not publish this type of distinction. However, City of Buffalo neighborhood newspapers such as the West Side Times and Buffalo Rocket, as well as hometown newspapers such as the local Bee Group Newspapers do publish news releases related to academic honors of their citizens.
News releases are not individual; students are grouped by their designated newspapers. Please know that Buffalo State cannot guarantee publication, only that the college will send a news release when the request is made. Typically names do not appear in publications for up to several weeks following the event. Please e-mail the College Relations Office or call (716) 878-4201 with questions about news releases.
You will receive an e-mail notifying you that your achievement can be seen online at readaboutme.me.
Both the campus community and your family are proud of your academic achievements, and you are welcome to invite those with whom you wish to share this special occasion. We ask that you please consider the limited seating in the auditorium and availability of parking on campus in the number of guests you invite.
Plan to meet your guests by 12:10 p.m. in the lobby outside Rockwell Hall Auditorium so you can enter and sit together. You and your guests are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (The building offers barrier-free accessibility.)
Printable Faculty & Staff Invitation
Please use this printable invitation (PDF) to invite a favorite faculty or staff member to sit with you and pin you during the ceremony. Their names will be included in the program booklet when you respond using the online RSVP form listed above by March 27.
When you arrive, please sit with your guests in the auditorium. During the ceremony, Ben Christy, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, will present you as a group to Provost Ponton by asking you and all the honor students to rise as a group. You will remain standing at your seat and be presented with a pin that you may ask one of your guests to pin on you. Please remain standing until you are asked to be seated. Your other guests remain seated.
A personalized certificate recognizing your achievements will be available in the lobby of Rockwell Hall following Honors Convocation. Students who do not attend the ceremony are welcome to pick up their certificates in the Academic Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519 during regular office hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
General parking will be available in any of the student or faculty parking lots that day. Rockwell Hall parking lot X has been reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs. Parking is also available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center parking lot. Please do not park in fire lanes, driveways, or parking reserved for persons with disabilities (unless authorized).
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society President
Shannon Gormley Budin
Associate Professor, Exceptional Education
Assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs Office