The Office of Undergraduate Education

Honors Convocation Tradition

Honors Convocation is an annual celebration at UT Dallas where undergraduate students are recognized for their distinguished academic achievements. Students earning Latin Honors and Major Honors are invited to attend. The tradition of Honors Convocation dedicates time prior to commencement for the academic community to gather and recognize the very best of the University's undergraduates who are prepared to make significant contributions to their professional field or graduate programs.

2016 Honors Convocation

The Spring 2016 Honors Convocation will be conducted at 10am on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 in the Activity Center Main Gym.

Please note the following:

  • If you do not attend Honors Convocation, you may pick up your medallion at commencement.
  • Only students graduating in the spring and summer will be provided a medallion at the Honors Convocation ceremony. Students who graduated in fall should bring the honors medallion they were provided for fall commencement.

Notify the university of your intent to attend the Honors Convocation ceremony using the Honors Convocation RSVP Form.

The Honors Convocation Ceremony

At this event, students who are graduating with Latin Honors or Major Honors will be recognized and given a UT Dallas honors medallion, which is to be worn during commencement to signify their honors recognition. The ceremony will include recognition of the Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award, President's Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, Advisor of the Year, and the Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring. Audience members will also enjoy a presentation from the keynote speaker, as well as congratulatory words to the students from the University’s president and provost. Deans of the seven UT Dallas schools and several of the University's most decorated faculty will join students in this celebration. Students who are invited to participate in this tradition are also encouraged to invite family, friends, and faculty who inspired or mentored them during their academic career at UT Dallas.

Recognition of Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award

Conrad Capili

The recipient of the 2016 Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award is Conrad Capili. Conrad Capili, MD, FAAP, graduated Summa cum laude from UT Dallas in 2008 with a B.S. in Child Learning and Development and a double minor in Visual Arts and Molecular Biology. During his time at UT Dallas, he worked as an applied behavior analysis therapist, trained as an emergency medical technician, and served as president of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health honor society. As an undergraduate student, he was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence, the Joseph G. Wood Award, and the Virgil L. Tweedie Scholarship. He graduated with honors through Collegium V and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and served as commencement speaker during the 2008 ceremony.

Dr. Capili attended medical school at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as a recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Achievement Scholarship. During medical school, he served in international medical trips to the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. While a student, he received the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Research Discretionary Fund Award for his work with the Pediatric Asthma Epidemiology Research Group. His article on the increased risk of pertussis in patients with asthma, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, was selected as one of the 10 best articles in allergy and asthma in 2012 at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Meeting.

He completed his general pediatrics residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health in Dallas. He received the resident Advocacy Award for his collaboration with the UT Dallas Center for Children and Families in creating a developmental screening initiative for low-income families in Dallas. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Buhrmester Rising Star Award given by the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Upon finishing residency, he served as an independent contractor with Children's Health Pediatric Group, and he completed a mini-fellowship at Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Currently, Dr. Capili serves as the staff pediatrician at Healing Hands Ministries Medical and Dental Clinic, a community-based medical home for underserved patients in Dallas. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He serves as a member of the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Children with Disabilities and a member of the Vickery Meadow Community Health Services Committee. Dr. Capili maintains a strong commitment to sharing his Christian faith through high quality holistic medical care. He has a special interest in caring for children with learning differences and developmental disabilities, such as autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Recognition of Latin Honors

UT Dallas Honors Convocation also recognizes undergraduates who will graduate with the traditional Latin Honors designations. Students must have completed a minimum amount of coursework at UT Dallas to be recognized with Latin Honors per the University's Undergraduate Catalog.

Summa Cum Laude, or with highest honors, is the recognition of the greatest academic success in the UT Dallas undergraduate experience. Students earning Summa Cum Laude honors must graduate with the designated grade point average and be in the highest five percent of their academic school.

Magna Cum Laude, or with high honors, is the recognition of students who have continuously met the academic challenges of the university and their discipline and emerged triumphant. These students must graduate with the designated grade point average and be in the next ten percent of their academic school.

Cum Laude, or with honors, is the recognition of students who have sustained academic excellence during their undergraduate career. These students must graduate with the designated minimum grade point average and be in the next fifteen percent of their academic school.

Visit the Office of the Registrar Latin Honors webpage for more information.

Recognition of Major Honors

During the Honors Convocation ceremony, students who earn Major Honors from their academic school through successful completion of the school's Honors Program are also recognized. Each program provides two levels of recognition: Honors and Distinction. Student must have completed a minimum amount of coursework at UT Dallas to be recognized with Major Honors.

Recognition of Collegium V Honors

The Honors Convocation ceremony also allows for formal recognition of graduating students who have successfully completed the Collegium V Honors Program (CV) requirements. The CV experience encourages intellectually creative, inquisitive, and highly motivated students to extend their educational experience beyond the scope of the traditional undergraduate curriculum.

Visit the Collegium V webpage for more information.

Convocation Student Information

The Honors Convocation ceremony will last approximately one hour. Business casual (no jeans or shorts) is the suggested attire for all guests. Invitees are encouraged to arrive an hour prior to the ceremony. All students who will be recognized must sign-in at the Honors Convocation check-in desk. Honorees will be given a UT Dallas honors medallion at check-in. After checking in, honorees will line up and process into the ceremony. There is no limit to the number of guests and the event is free to all honorees and their guests. The university will not provide a location, nor is responsible for backpacks, purses, or other personal belongings during the ceremony. Please do not bring those items or leave them with your guests.