Graduation Medallion Ceremony

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Medallion Ceremony
Medallion Ceremony


Medallion Ceremony


May 7, 2020, 10:00 AM

The Medallion Ceremony will be held in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Complex, Auditorium, Jupiter, Florida.

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Medallion Ceremony is the academic event HC students experience before attending their official Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton. Each spring, graduating seniors attend this symbolic ceremony where the seniors' theses advisors bestow an Honors College Medallion upon the student. This event includes a student address and a presentation of academic and student awards.

The 2020  Boca Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 5pm at the Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.

Graduating seniors: please complete the Honors College online exit survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will both ceremonies take place?

The Medallion Ceremony for Spring 2020 will take place Thursday, May 7th at 10 AM in the Osher LLI Complex, Auditorium on the MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

The Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be Thursday, May 7th at 5 PM in the Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.

Who can participate?

Students who graduated in the prior Fall semester or who applied for Spring graduation are eligible to participate in the Medallion Ceremony.

Students may participate in the Medallion Ceremony if they have completed their thesis (no incomplete theses allowed) and have six or fewer credits of incomplete grades or additional coursework to complete over the summer to meet all graduation requirements, but they need clearance from David Flanigan, Director of Academic Services. Students who have incomplete grades on their thesis are invited to walk at the next medallion ceremony after they have completed the thesis and all other graduation requirements. Students in the Wilkes Medical Scholars program who matriculate into medical school during their 4th year are the only exceptions to this rule.

How is this different from a graduation ceremony?

The Medallion Ceremony recognizes special achievements of students at the Honors College by awarding them with a special Honors Medallion and a certificate acknowledging their thesis work. The certificate is not an official graduation document. Degrees are symbolically conferred during the Commencement Ceremony only. There is no degree-granting component in the Medallion Ceremony.

It is important to understand that attending either ceremony does not guarantee that students will actually receive the degree. The official diploma is sent by mail at a later date, after all grades have been posted and academic requirements have been verified.

Why do I have to wear the university cap and gown during the Medallion Ceremony?

All faculty members are robed in their regalia during the Medallion Ceremony. Wearing the university cap and gown ensures that all students are observing the pomp and circumstance normally associated with graduation events. Borrowing a gown from another student is acceptable only if the style is identical to the one worn at FAU in the current year.

Check with the University Bookstore regarding this year's gown cost and appearance.

Why should I participate in the official graduation ceremony?

While the Medallion Ceremony is a more intimate gathering with all your friends, classmates, faculty, and family members, the Commencement Ceremony is an opportunity for the Honors College students to be recognized in front of the entire FAU community; a chance to shine by being acknowledged for special achievements and outstanding academic success. By participating in the Commencement Ceremony, students contribute to the increased visibility and positive image of the Honors College among the other academic colleges at FAU. Additionally, only students who participate will receive a stole.

How can I fill out the Round-up Form if I do not yet know all the information that is requested?

It is important to fill out the form to the best of your ability by the deadlines as this helps the HC staff to prepare for the Medallion Ceremony in a timely manner. Only students who submit their Participation Form (3rd Tab on this page) prior to the Senior Round-up Meeting (March 18, 2020 at 8:00pm), will be able to receive their Medallion Ceremony tickets during the meeting.

Why can I only get five tickets for the Medallion Ceremony?
Why do I need tickets anyway? How can I get more?

Around 75 students are expected to participate in the Medallion Ceremony this year. The auditorium has to accommodate the students, faculty, staff and outside VIPs such as donors and benefactors, as well as family and friends of the graduating class. Tickets ensure that all students get a fair share of seats in the auditorium for their family and friends. If you need more than five tickets, talk to other graduating students as many of them may not need all of their tickets.

Participation Form



*Subject to Change
Senior Round-up, Wedneday, March 18th - CANCELLED
In light of the recent directive from the State University System of Florida Board of Governors that FAU sent out, we will be cancelling the Medallion Roundup meeting that was to be held on March 18th at 8:00 pm in the Dining Hall. Please, if you have not already done so, complete the Medallion 2020 Participation Form. Also, because we were planning as part of the Roundup meeting to take a headshot photo for the program, we are asking that you email us a headshot photo.  That email may be sent to Anna Holmes at  Make sure we know who the photo is from! Medallion ticket distribution will also be delayed for the time being.
Friday, April 3rd
Final deadline for Participation Form for inclusion in the Medallion Ceremony program.
Monday, May 4th
PDF version of the final theses are due to Dr. Hoim in HC 133. Please submit the thesis signature page and thesis release form. See Honors Theses for forms and information.
Thursday, May 7th at 10 AM
- LLI PC room 151 Graduates and Faculty prepare for the processional
- LLI Maltz Auditorium Medallion Ceremony Begins
Thursday, May 7th
5pm-Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus Commencement Ceremony begins -Other important deadlines and more information can be found at the Office of the Registrar.