57th Honors Convocation

Thursday, April 17, 2014
12:15 p.m.
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 | RSVP | News Releases | Inviting Family, Faculty & Staff | Ceremony | Certificates | Directions & Parking | Committee

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 2013 or January 2014 (for students taking January-term classes) are invited to attend the April 17, 2014 ceremony. Eligible students will receive an e-mail invitation and instructions at their Buffalo State student e-mail addresses in early March.

The invitation directs you to this website for all the information you need. Link here to RSVP by March 21. 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 March 21 deadline will also see the names of their invited faculty and staff included in the program.

Please know that the invitation to graduating seniors to wear the gold honors cord at Commencement is separate and different from your Honors Convocation invitation. Please link to the Gold Honors Cord section of the Commencement website for detailed information.

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News Releases

The College Relations Office at Buffalo State will send a news release to your hometown paper. The releases are not individual; you will be grouped with other students who have the same newspaper. The Buffalo News does not publish this type of announcement. You also will receive an e-mail notifying you that your achievement can be seen online at meritpages. If you choose, you can share it using social media and e-mail. Questions regarding news releases can be directed to the College Relations Office at (716) 878-4201.

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Inviting Family, Friends, and Faculty &  Staff

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 21.

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The Ceremony

When you arrive, please sit with your guests in the auditorium. During the ceremony, Mark Severson, dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, 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.

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Certificates of Recognition

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.).

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Directions & Parking

Directions are available online. Rockwell Hall is building 1 on the campus map.

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).

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2014 Honors Convocation Committee

Ellen Erman
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society President

Ikhai Moore
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Vice President

Shannon Gormley Budin
Associate Professor, Exceptional Education

Carolyn Martino
Assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs Office

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