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Academic Merit Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Academic Merit Convocation?

A: This award ceremony recognizes the best and brightest students and their scholarly achievements. Students who are awarded Academic Excellence, Outstanding Achievement, or other named awards by their college will receive a plaque.  Students Awarded the Dean's Academic Distinction Awards will be awarded a pin in recognition of this honor.  The pins change each year; students are encouraged to wear them at graduation.  Seniors will receive a medallion in addition to the pin.  The Academic Merit Convocation Recognition and Awards will be presented by the Dean and/or Associate Dean of each College.

Q: Who is invited to this event? 

A: Students who have been nominated by a faculty person, college dean or a department committee to receive recognition at the Academic Merit Convocation and students with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 and above.

Q: Can my friends and family attend?

A: Award recipients may bring up to 2 guests, and they must RSVP by the set deadline.  A live webcast will be available on the day of the event for friends and family who are unable to attend the event.

Q: How do I RSVP for myself and my guests?

A: RSVP online before the deadline.  It is very important that all attendees RSVP by the deadline as space is limited and this event traditionally fills the Theatre. 

Q:  Are there any exceptions to the 2 guest limit?

A: You may request to be placed on a wait list for 1-2 guest tickets, when you pick up your tickets.  We will notify you if tickets are available. 

Q: Do I need to be there the whole time?

A: Yes. Please plan to stay for the entire event 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Don’t forget check-in/registration starts at 6:00 p.m.

Q: Is there a dress code?

A: Yes. Business casual is the attire for this event.

Q: Where is Disabled Parking for Campus Visitors?

Short-term Disabled Parking is located in parking lots through-out the campus. These spaces are lined in blue and clearly marked.  Further information can be found on line at:

Q: When do I wear the medallion and/or pin(s)?

A: The Dean's Academic Distinction Awards recognizes undergraduate students maintaining a GPA of 3.9 or above by awarding a pin each year that their GPA is maintained. In their graduating year, the award is a medallion on which the other pins may be attached. The decorated medallion may be worn over their graduation gown during Commencement Ceremony.

Q: Where can I pick up the Academic Merit Convocation Pin if I am unable to attend the ceremony?

A: Your pin will be available starting May 30, 2018 at Undergraduate Education, 1100 Hinderaker.

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?


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