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Graduation Info for December Graduates!

The Honors Recognition Deadlines: The deadline to apply for Honors Recognition in the December Commencement is October 21, 2016, and students can apply here.

Students who have not applied for Honors recognition by October 21st  will have their Honors Indicator removed, and the Honors Block will disappear from DegreeWorks.

Don’t forget to order your GOLD gown from Herff-Jones!

Honors on DegreeWorks: The Honors Block on DegreeWorks is a constant challenge, and while we are working with the Registrar’s office on a plan to improve it, this will not take effect for those of you graduating this year. Two things: 

  1. The final line or two (thesis for Presidential Honors, and graduation process for all honors students) gets checked off right at graduation.
  2. If you see courses that are not appearing in the Honors block, but should be, please contact Vickie Sigley (vlsigley@mail.wvu.edu).

Honors Portfolios: Although you were told when you entered Honors that an Honors portfolio would be required, that requirement has changed, and the portfolio has been absorbed into the final exit survey. You will need to complete the survey closer to graduation, and the 3-page (1000-word) overall reflection is included in that survey. More importantly, though, the one-page individual reflections on each Honors course are NO LONGER required. Therefore, you will not need to either accumulate a complete portfolio, or recall courses from four years ago for the process. You DO need to complete the overall Honors reflection and the exit survey.

Honors Thesis/Senior Project: We are getting a lot of questions about eligible thesis / senior project options for Presidential Honors Scholars. Make sure to check out the Thesis Guidelines on our Honors website for options.  If you do not see an available option that meets the criteria, please contact Dr. Ryan Claycomb immediately at ryan.claycomb@mail.wvu.edu to schedule a consultation.

Dean’s vs. Presidential: Students are able to shift from the Presidential Honors requirements to the Deans Honors requirements—or vice versa—if they believe that one option meets their needs and reflects their achievements better than the other. You can find the distinctions between the two at the Graduation Requirements page on the Honors College website. If you would like to switch from one to the other, please contact Vickie Sigley (vlsigley@mail.wvu.edu).

Please note that the December Commencement will be held on December 16th.

Questions? Contact the Honors office 3-2100 or email us!

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