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May 13, 2005
Contact: Sandy Wick, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-4225

KU Honors Program conducts May 21 cording ceremony for new graduates


LAWRENCE -- The Honors Program at the University of Kansas will award gold cords to more than 150 top students graduating in the Class of 2005 as part of a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in Crafton-Preyer Theatre of Murphy Hall.

The cording ceremony honors seniors who have completed the Honors Program and those in the University Scholars program, a mentorship program for about 20 scholars selected in their sophomore year.

Stanley Lombardo, honors program director, will preside at the ceremony. Reginald Robinson, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, will be the keynote speaker. Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will speak to of the graduating University Scholars class. Following the official ceremony and awarding of gold cords, a reception for students, parents and guests will take place in the courtyard of Murphy Hall.

The honors students and University Scholars include graduates from the summer and fall 2004 terms as well as those preparing to graduate this spring. Many will be among nearly 4,000 students expected to participate in the university's annual commencement program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in Memorial Stadium.

The graduating honors program students include a Rhodes Scholar, including Ruth Ann French-Hodson of Partridge, and two Goldwater Scholars, Dyan E. Vogel of Overland Park and Stephen N. Floor of Lawrence and a Fulbright Scholar, Ashleigh Klingman.

Students admitted to the Honors Program must complete a freshman tutorial, and a combination of honors courses and out-of-the classroom experiences, such as study abroad; an internship; community service; or undergraduate research, in order to graduate from the program. Students must also maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Located in Nunemaker Center, the program provides staff to advise honors students of academic opportunities at KU. Honors students are encouraged to participate in cultural and social activities as well as community service. Honors students may enroll in honors courses, which are small, discussion-based, and emphasize writing and undergraduate research.

Honors students also are encouraged to work on research projects and to apply for scholarships, internships or fellowships. Each year, more than 60 undergraduate awards are available through the Honors Program, providing funds for research projects conducted with a faculty mentor. Students compete to receive $500 to fund research during the academic year and at least $1,000 for summer research projects.

The graduating honors program students represent 26 of the 105 counties in Kansas and 17 states.

The honors students and University Scholars preparing to graduate this spring or who graduated in 2004 are listed by their hometowns with their parents' names, when available, major, level in school and degree (because summer and fall 2004 graduates are no longer enrolled no majors or level are included with their listing) at www.news.ku.edu/2005/May/May14/directory.shtml.

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