Before each commencement ceremony, the honors students of LCU are recognized at a biannual Honors Convocation. Family and friends are invited to come celebrate the achievements of those who have displayed academic excellence during their time at LCU.
Graduate K’Leigh White ('18) was a member of the Honors College and received her yellow Honors Scholar sash to wear with her graduation regalia at commencement in May.
“I think it makes us feel special; we get honored for the extra work we put in behind the scenes,” she said. “The work of honors students isn’t always seen, so it is nice that we get our own ceremony.”
Dean of the Honors College and professor of Bible Stacy Patty and Honors College associate dean Amanda Boston have worked hard over the past few years to enhance the Honors program and add opportunities for Honors students to grow academically.
“Over the years, Honors has introduced to the university key initiatives that have become central to the academic quality of LCU,” Dr. Patty said. “Among these initiatives are the annual Scholars Colloquium, the Washington internship program, the formation of the first Committee on Undergraduate Research, the introduction of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to LCU, the Honors Summer Oxford Scholar program, and the new Office of Prestigious Graduate Fellowships.”
White is a finance major and said her years at LCU have been greatly impacted by being a part of the Honors College.
“I got scholarship from being in Honors, and I got more out of my education. I had to take some harder classes and work harder in other ones,” she said. “I had to dig deeper into what I was already studying and look between the lines.”
Dr. Patty elaborated on the students who graduate from the Honors College.
“[Honors students] leave LCU to serve as professional leaders and scholars,” he said. “With a commitment to serve the common good, they already bring positive public attention to the university.”