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May 16, 2006
Contact: Sandy Wick, Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

KU Honors Program cording ceremony to honor top graduating students May 20

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LAWRENCE — As part of commencement weekend at the University of Kansas, about 140 graduating students in KU’s Honors Program will receive gold cords in a ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in Crafton-Preyer Theatre of Murphy Hall.

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

Dennis “Boog” Highberger, former Lawrence mayor and a KU School of Law alumnus, will be the keynote speaker. David Besson, professor of physics and astronomy, will speak to the graduating University Scholars. Stanley Lombardo, director of the Honors Program, will preside at the ceremony, which will include a reception for students, parents and guests in the courtyard of Murphy Hall.

The honors students and University Scholars include graduates from the summer and fall 2005 terms as well as those preparing to graduate this spring. Many will be among the nearly 4,000 students expected to participate in the university’s annual commencement program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in Memorial Stadium.

The graduating seniors completing the honors program include three Goldwater scholars — Shawn Henderson, Wichita; David Hover, Overland Park; and Hannah Swift, Olathe — and a student who received two Udall scholarships, Trisha Renee Shrum, Olathe. Henderson has also received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to attend Stanford University.

Students admitted to the Honors Program must complete a freshman tutorial and a combination of honors courses and out-of-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 minimum 3.25 grade point average.

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

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 22 of the 105 counties in Kansas and 15 other states.

The honors students and University Scholars who will receive gold cords are listed below by hometown, parents’ names (when available), major, level in school and degree. Because summer and fall 2005 graduates are no longer enrolled, no majors or levels are included with their listings.

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