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.

2015 Honors Convocation

The Spring 2015 Honors Convocation will be conducted on Thursday, May 14th at 11am, 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, 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 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

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 2015 Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award is Christina Gallegos Deoja. In 2008, Christina graduated from UT Dallas with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During her time as an undergraduate, she actively served in leadership with the Society of Women Engineers.

Today, Christina works at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, on multiple test and development projects contributing to the International Space Station and Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. She is also the Electrical Engineer Wiring Lead for Project Morpheus, a lander vehicle developed to demonstrate green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and hazard avoidance navigation to extraterrestrial bodies, such as the Moon, Mars or an asteroid. Her specific role in these programs is the design, test and verification of the electrical power system and wiring. The products and processes that she has developed have helped engineers perform automated testing and data reporting for power testing, reducing the time and costs associated with testing, while increasing reliability.

Christina shares her passion for space while mentoring to students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through NASA’s education outreach programs, including the Reduced Gravity Education Program, the Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science, High School Aerospace Scholars, and Community College Aerospace Scholars. She is an active member of the NASA Hispanic Employee Resource Group’s Education Outreach Committee, frequently speaks to college and elementary students about careers at NASA, and was recently named Role Model of the Week by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Cooperation’s Great Minds in STEM. She currently resides in League City, Texas with her husband Sam, their 3-month-old daughter Mila, and dog Pedro.

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.