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Academic Excellence in Full Bloom at Honors Convocation

Nine hundred twenty-nine students will receive accolades for high academic achievement at today’s 51st annual Honors Convocation. All have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better.

A Buffalo State tradition since 1958, Honors Convocation begins at 12:15 p.m. in Rockwell Hall and is cosponsored by Kappa Delta Pi and Academic and Student Affairs. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

This year’s group of awardees represents more than 10 percent of the undergraduate population. This statistic holds even greater significance since students must have accumulated at least 45 credit hours (30 for transfer students) at Buffalo State.

Today’s ceremony will begin with an academic procession followed by a singing of the national anthem by the Buffalo State College Chamber Choir, who will perform additional selections and conclude the event with the alma mater, “Our Finest Hour.” The singing marks the first time in 30 years that someone other than Charles Bachman, professor of English, will provide vocals. Following the performance, Bachman will offer a few farewell remarks as he “retires” his duties.

Cherry Searle, associate professor of technology, will be this year’s keynote speaker. The president, provost, and deans will also say a few words.

Awardees will receive pins from faculty members during the ceremony. In the program booklet, students will also recognize faculty and staff who significantly influenced their education. Afterward, students and their family members and friends in attendance will connect with faculty and staff during a reception that includes light refreshments.

Lee Ann Grace, assistant dean of international and exchange programs and Honors Convocation co-chair, calls the annual event “upbeat.”

“Honors Convocation recognizes everyone who’s played a role in student success,” she said. “It’s one of those occasions during the year where we recognize student achievement—which is why we are all here.”