Due to the coronavirus pandemic,
WVU will not be holding the traditional Commencement ceremonies this May.
Instead, the University will hold an online commencement experience for graduates
on Saturday, May 16, followed by a special, in-person commencement celebration
The Honors College will be joining in on the celebration that weekend, holding our Honors Medallion Ceremony for May graduates on Friday, Dec. 18. RSVP information will be available closer to the date. We can't wait to celebrate Honors students' achievements as Honors Foundations, Dean's and Presidential Scholars with students and their loved ones.
Medallions will be available for the December ceremony. Students unable to return to campus will receive information on receiving their medallions closer to the December ceremony.
The Honors College will reach directly out to students with more information as it becomes available.
Graduating in May or August 2020? Below find important information on senior informational
sessions, applying for Honors recognition, senior awards, nominating Honors instructors
and advisors for their work, the Honors Medallion Ceremony and May
Applying for Honors Recognition
Applying to graduate from WVU this May or planning to graduate this August? That's great! Make sure that if you will complete your Presidential Honors or Dean's Honors requirements that you also apply for Honors recognition and complete the exit interview process.
Are you an Honors Foundations student who will be graduating in three years? Simply make sure to complete the form to apply for Honors recognition for graduation,
Order Cap and Gown
If you are planning to walk at WVU Commencement, don't forget that as an Honors student you should order a gold cap and gown. You can order from either of the following locations:
- WVU Bookstore
- Online at Herff Jones
- Click "Order a Cap and Gown"
- Select "WVU Honors"
WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Award
This award is open to all undergraduates who:
- Graduate with their first degree in May 2020
- 3.8+ cumulative GPA at time of application
- Complete application and 2 letters of reference
Order of Augusta
From the students chosen as WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors, no more than 12-15 students will be invited to interview for induction into the WVU Order of Augusta. After final selections are made, 6 to 8 students will be named recipients of the WVU Order of Augusta.
J and C Nath Outstanding Honors Graduate Award
One or more students are selected each year as Honors College Outstanding Graduates. The award is granted by a committee of Honors faculty and staff. Nominations can be made by any WVU student, alumni, faculty member or advisor (with the exception of full-time employees of the Honors College). Two awards of $200 each will be awarded each year. Any Honors student graduating in May 2020 or on target to graduate in August or December 2020 is eligible to be nominated. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m. here.
Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award
The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award is presented annually to a graduating Honors student for outstanding research contributions in the humanities or social sciences that have culminated in the production of an exceptional thesis or capstone research paper. Up to three recipients will receive awards of $1000. Students must have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA, and must have graduated in December 2019 or will graduate in May 2020. The deadline is April 24 by 4 p.m. More information on the Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award and how to apply is available here.
Outstanding Honors Teaching and Advising Awards
Outstanding Honors Teaching AwardDid you have an outstanding experience in one of your Honors classes this year? Recognize your instructor for their work by nominating them for the Outstanding Honors Teaching Award. Any WVU Honors College student in good standing may nominate an instructor of an Honors course, section or add-on taught during the 2019-2020 academic year. Nominations must be submitted here by April 17 at 4 p.m.
Outstanding Honors Advisor AwardHave an amazing Honors advisor? Nominate them for the Outstanding Honors Advisor Award here by April 17 at 4 p.m. Any WVU Honors College student in good standing may nominate an advisor.
Honors Medallion Ceremony
All graduating seniors in the Honors College are invited to attend the Honors College
Medallion Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes students for the achievement of
successfully completing the requirements of the Honors College.
Additional details about this ceremony will be added to the website as they become
When: Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the College of Creative Arts
Who: Graduating seniors who have completed their Honors requirements and their guest(s)
Ceremony Attire: Students should wear gold graduation gowns, but not caps. Students will be receiving their medallions and will not be able to fit them over their caps. Please dress professionally under your graduation gown for the ceremony.
As the four-year Honors program is coming to an end to make way for the two two-year Honors programs (the Honors Foundations Program and the Honors EXCEL Program), this will be the final year for the Honors Medallion Ceremony. Students in future years will be recognized in other ways.
Don't forget! As a WVU graduating senior who has earned Honors recognition, you should pick up a gold gown instead of a blue gown. You will also be able to wear your Honors medallion at your college commencement ceremony later in the weekend.
Still Have Questions?
Make sure you attend your assigned Senior: Ask Us Anything session, and send any additional questions to Acting Assistant Dean Kate Staples at firstname.lastname@example.org.