On Friday, May 11, Commonwealth Honors College hosts its Celebration of Excellence for senior honors scholars and their families. The processional starts at 1:15 p.m. for a 1:30 p.m. ceremony in the Mullins Center.
Commonwealth Honors College Dean Gretchen Gerzina will begin the celebration with a welcome address, followed by greetings from University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost John McCarthy. This year's Celebration of Excellence Student Speaker, Shuaib Balogun, chemical engineering major, will address his fellow graduates before they are individually acknowledged.
As part of the ceremony, each graduating senior will be called to the stage where they will be congratulated by Dean Gerzina, the dean of their school/college, and other distinguished administrators. A gold stole will be presented to each graduate. The stole not only signifies the value of honors students' achievements, but also distinguishes graduates as Commonwealth Honors College scholars.
Following the Celebration of Excellence, Commonwealth Honors College scholars will join their peers from the Class of 2017 at UMass Amherst's Commencement at 4:30 p.m. in McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
For event details, visit Celebration of Excellence.