The Thiel College community celebrates the Academic Honors Convocation every year to recognize the academic achievements of students who have earned Dean’s List honors, scholarships and Alpha Chi recognition.
In lieu of the gathering that usually welcomes the campus community, students and their friends and family to the William A. Passavant Memorial Center, this year’s Academic Honors Convocation ceremony was in the Friends of Art Lounge in the Howard Miller Student Center.
The three-day recognition of student achievement saw first-year and sophomore students receive certificates in recognition of their academic achievements from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 2. Juniors and seniors received theirs at the same time on Wednesday, March 3, while graduate students and members of Alpha Chi were recognized at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 4.
Below is an excerpt from the History of Thiel College 1866-1974 by Roy H. Johnson.
On October 17, 1931, for the first time, a significant recognition ceremony, an Honors Convocation for superior students, began. Twenty-six students who had earned at least a 3.25 (B+) average were cited. With many supplemental awards, including scholarships to graduate schools, Thiel student assistantships and fellows, fraternity and sorority scholarship awards, and achievement prizes given by individuals, Honors Convocation became an annual event.
Traditionally, the College celebrated Honors Convocation during the fall semester and recognized the academic achievements of students from the previous spring semester. However, in 2018 the Convocation celebration was officially moved to the spring semester in order to include the achievements of first-year students following their first semester at Thiel.