UIC Honors College: Fall 2015 Honors Convocation

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Fall 2015 Honors College Convocation

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The Honors College Convocation recognizes the members of the Honors College Graduating Class of Fall 2015. Each Honors College graduate will receive a gold Honors stole at the ceremony, as a visible symbol of accomplishment, which can be worn at all other college commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will also receive a certificate of Honors College membership. Students who will graduate in December 2015 are invited to participate in the Fall Convocation ceremony.



Event         Fall 2015 Honors College Convocation
Date          Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time          7:00 pm
Location    Illinois Room, Student Center East

Length of Program    Approximately 90 minutes

Fall 2015 Honors Convocation Program

Class of 2015

        "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Introduction to the Class of 2015
Ralph Keen Interim Dean, Honors College
Keynote Address
Dr. Bette L. Bottoms UIC Professor of Psychology and Dean Emerita, Honors College
Presentation of Faculty Award
to Honors College Fellow of the Year, Dr. Alan Schwartz
Presentation of Certificates
Class of 2015
Student Address
Dean's Closing Remarks
Ralph Keen Interim Dean, Honors College
Class of 2015
A reception will follow the ceremony in the adjoining room.

Keynote Speaker

Bette L. Bottoms is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, her master's from the University of Denver, and her doctorate in social psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a past President of APA's Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37) and of its Section on Child Maltreatment. Her research on psychology and law (i.e., children's eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, child abuse) has been funded by the National Science Foundation and recognized with awards from the American Psychology-Law Society. She has edited five books and coauthored a handbook for child forensic interviewing and over 80 journal articles and book chapters. She has received three national and nine university awards for excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring. While Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College for seven years, Professor Bottoms brought over two million dollars to the university through external grants and philanthropic gifts, and the UIC Honors College became one of the most diverse and successful in the nation, with an 88% graduation rate. She is a founding member of Honors Education at Research Universities (HERU), a national honors organization, and co-editor of its journal, Honors in Higher Education.

GRADUATION DECLARATIONS ARE DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014. If you are planning to graduate this year, please complete the Honors College Graduation Declaration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you plan to attend the Honors College Convocation, please contact Stacie Williams at smccloud@uic.edu by 5:00pm on Friday, May 2nd 2014.


A reception will immediately follow the Honors College Convocation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.


Tickets are not required for this event. Students may invite family and friends to the event. In addition, each student is encouraged to invite their Honors College fellow to attend.


Seating will be on a 'first-come, first-serve' basis. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Student Caps and, Gowns

Please note that academic dress is required for the Honors College Convocation ceremony. Undergraduate student caps and gowns may be purchased from the bookstores in the UIC Student Centers East (312-413-5500) or West (312-413-5550).


Bachelor of Science students will wear a gold tassel.

Bachelor of Arts students will wear a white tassel.


Tassels are included in the cap and gown price. Additional tassels are available in the campus bookstores.

Where to Assemble

Honors College Graduates will assemble in Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., at 6:15pm. Specific room location for assembly to be announced. Please follow directional signs. Please leave your personal belongings with a family member or friend, as there will be no place to store them.



Accessibility Accommodations

Provisions will be made for graduates with hearing or physical disabilities, if needed. Please make Associate Dean Stacie Williams aware of any required accommodations. A sign language interpreter will be present on the stage for the benefit of students and guests who are hearing impaired. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact Stacie Williams at (312) 413-2260.

Honors College Gold Stoles

Graduates who will attend the Honors College Convocation Ceremony will receive their gold stole at the ceremony. Fall 2015 graduates who will are unable to attend the Convocation and who DO NOT plan to attend the May 2016 Convocation may pick up their gold stole from the Honors College Reception desk beginning December 10.

The Honors College Gold Stole may be worn with your academic attire at all other college commencement ceremonies.

Honors Capstone

If you are working on an honors capstone, please note that the Capstone Completion Form must be submitted by the end of the fifteenth week, Friday, December 4. You must complete your capstone, including all paperwork, in order to participate in the Honors College Convocation, or to receive your gold stole.

Latin Honors Policy

Latin Honors listed below will appear on UIC transcripts for undergraduate students who earned degrees Summer 2004 or thereafter.

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 and above GPA

Magna Cum Laude 3.75 to 3.89

Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.74

Summa Cum Laude (Gold) = Highest praise

Magna Cum Laude (Silver) = High praise

Cum Laude (Bronze) = Praise

UIC will reserve the right to make permanent adjustments to the list of students receiving Latin Honors based on final semester grade point average.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Registration and Records at 312-996-7350.

Photography Services

A professional photographer will be taking photos during the ceremony, which will include an individual photo of each graduate as they receive their Honors College certificate. In addition, all graduates at the Convocation will be asked to appear in the Honors College Class of 2015 photo, which will be taken at the time of the ceremony.

These graduation photos will be available for ordering directly from Grad Images. Students will receive ordering information by mail within two weeks of the ceremony.

If you wish to pre-register your contact information for easy access to your pictures, click here to register with GradImages®!.

UIC Exit Survey

Please complete a short exit survey, available online at www.uiaa.org/Chicago. The survey will only take a few minutes, and gives us valuable feedback about your experiences here at UIC. Thank you in advance!

Additional Information

Please check the UIC Commencement website for additional details related to the Fall 2015 UIC Commencement ceremonies. www.commencement.uic.edu.


Honors College Fellows, Faculty and Friends are encouraged to attend the Honors College Convocation.

You are all invited to the reception after the program.

Further Questions?

Please contact Stephanie O'Leary at soleary@uic.edu or (312) 413-2260, or Associate Dean Stacie Williams at smccloud@uic.edu or (312) 413-2266.


Congratulations to all our graduates!