The completion of the Honors thesis and other Honors graduation requirements enable a student member of the Honors community to justly call him or herself an “Honors Scholar.” This designation takes a great deal of effort, time, and dedication and reflects a very high level of accomplishment. To recognize students who earn the designation of Honors Scholar, the Honors Program holds the annual Medals Ceremony each spring during the weekend prior to Commencement.
This event marks the culmination of the undergraduate experience for graduating Honors Scholars. At the Honors Medals Ceremony, graduating seniors are recognized individually by name and receive a commemorative medal, which may be worn at UConn’s Commencement. The names of graduating Honors Scholars, their thesis titles, and their thesis advisors are also listed in the event program and “Honors Scholar” becomes a permanent record on each student’s transcript and diploma.
This ceremony also honors the achievements of the University Scholars, an elite group of students who have completed a specialized plan of study and ambitious scholarly project. Being named a University Scholar is considered the highest academic distinction granted to undergraduates by the University.
Any UConn student who earns a 3.700 or 4.000 semester grade point average (SGPA) based on a minimum of 12 credits for each semester in a calendar year is eligible to be recognized at the annual Scholars Day ceremony. Students must meet all award criteria and their grades must be posted by the stated date. This ceremony celebrates undergraduates and Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from all UConn campuses, regardless of their membership in the Honors Program.