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.
2014 Honors Convocation Ceremony
The Spring 2014 Honors Convocation will be conducted on Thursday, May 15th at 11am, in the Activity Center.
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.
- You will use your UT Dallas NetID and Password to access the online Honors Convocation RSVP Form.
- Click here to access the Honors Convocation RSVP Form
- Once you complete the form, select 'Submit' located at the bottom of the page.
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, Mary McDermott Cook Outstanding 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 President Daniel and Provost Wildenthal. 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
The Honors Convocation ceremony includes the formal recognition of the Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award. The recipient of this award is inducted as an honorary member of the UT Dallas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which is one of the Country's oldest and most prestigious honor societies. The Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award recipient presents the keynote address at Honors Convocation.
The recipient of the 2014 Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award is Aubrey Lavery Myers. In 2005, Aubrey graduated from UT Dallas summa cum laude, with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During her time as an undergraduate, Aubrey served as President of the John Marshall Pre-Law Society and was the commencement speaker of her graduating class.
After receiving her MBA from UT Dallas in 2006, Aubrey attended law school at The University of Illinois, where she earned placement on the Dean's List, received CALI awards for earning the highest grades in Business Strategy and Globalization, and earned Distinction of Honors in Legal Writing and Legal Research. Aubrey graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2009 and immediately went to work as a corporate finance attorney.
She is currently an associate at the Dallas office of Holland & Knight, a Florida-based law firm with 1,000+ attorneys in 21 offices internationally. At Holland & Knight, she represents capital providers in financial transactions, debt workouts and restructurings. She also has a particular focus in representing capital providers in loan transactions secured by fine art.
In addition to her corporate finance work, Aubrey has focused tirelessly on giving back to the community through mentoring and pro bono legal work, and educating young lawyers on how they can do the same. She continues to give back to her alma maters, mentoring pre-law students from the John Marshall Pre-Law Society at UT Dallas, and current students at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has volunteered many hours as a pro bono attorney for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, where she successfully represented clients from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Colombia who were seeking asylum in the United States due to religious and political persecution.
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.