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May 15, 2007
Contact: Laura Watkins, University Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

More than 150 KU students to be recognized at honors program ceremony

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LAWRENCE — The University Honors Program at the University of Kansas will commend more than 150 graduating students at a ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.

The ceremony recognizes KU seniors who have completed the University Honors Program and the University Scholars Program, a mentorship program students participate in during their sophomore years. During the ceremony, students will receive gold cords to wear during commencement activities.

Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Kathleen McCluskey Fawcett, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will welcome the students and their guests. Tom Heilke, associate professor of political science and associate dean of international programs, will address the graduating University Scholars. Heilke was instructor of the Scholars Seminar in 2003.

Christine Knudsen of Geneva, Switzerland, a 1991 honors alumna who is receiving KU’s Distinguished Service Citation on May 18, will address the students. Knudsen is an adviser in the Displacement and Protection Support Section of the United Nations.

After the ceremony, a reception will be in the courtyard of Murphy Hall.

Students participating in the honors ceremony include those who graduated in summer and fall 2006 and those who will graduate in spring 2007. The university’s formal commencement takes place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in Memorial Stadium. Nearly 4,000 students are expected to attend.

University Honors Program students must complete a freshman tutorial and a combination of honors courses and out-of-classroom experiences such as study abroad, internships, community service or undergraduate research 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, undergraduate awards are available through the University Honors Program, providing funds for research projects conducted with a faculty mentor. Students compete twice a year for these undergraduate research grants.

The graduating honors students represent 29 counties in Kansas, 11 other states and one other country.

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