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Honors Day Convocation Recognizes 1,100 High-Achieving Students

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Apr 12, 2013

ASU’s annual Honors Day Convocation recognized 1,100 students who have maintained grade point averages of 3.0 or better this academic year.

Alabama State University recognized 1,100 high-achieving students during its annual Honors Day Convocation on Friday, April 12, at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The theme for this year’s convocation was “A Global Commitment to Transformation through Academic Excellence.” 

“Honors Day is a very special day in the life of a university because it centers on the whole reason we are here -- the idea of high quality education and successful performance,” said Dr. William H. Harris, ASU’s interim president.  “Each of you is an example of that achievement.”

Stephan Bell, a partner at Bell Heroux LLC, a Washington D.C.-based government relations firm, served as the guest speaker. He charged the students to be prepared to affect a global situation, to be committed to transforming themselves and to be the best they can be.

Bell told the students that now is the time to begin making some of the most important decisions in their lives.

“You have to make decisions on what direction you are going to take,” Bell said. “You have to look at your life on a daily basis and ask yourself ‘where am I going on the fork in road when it comes to studying?’ When it comes to presenting yourself? It’s not just an honor student. It’s an honorable student,” Bell said. “That means that your reputation is also part of your grade point average. You care about who you are; you care about how you talk; you care about what words you use; you care about the way you dress; you care about who you date. You care.”

Following Bell’s address, Dr. Sharron Herron-Williams, interim associate provost for Academic Affairs, formally recognized the honor students by colleges.

There were 46 students acknowledged as the highest ranking students (4.0 GPAs).

Maya A. McKenzie, a senior political science major, received the George H. Andrews Student of the Year Award. The award was established to recognize a student who exhibits the qualities of citizenship, scholarship, outstanding community service and leadership to ASU and the community.

The Honors Day program recognizes regularly admitted undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their academic pursuits. In general, students must have completed at least 15 semester hours of core courses at ASU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for recognition.

For more information, contact Academic Affairs at 334-229-4231.

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