The Medallion Ceremony
The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Medallion Ceremony is the academic event HC students experience before attending their official Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton. The Medallion Ceremony is coordinated by a committee of Honors College students, staff, and faculty. Each spring, graduating seniors attend this symbolic ceremony where the senior s thesis advisor bestows an Honors College Medallion upon the student. This event includes a student address and a presentation of academic and student awards.
The Medallion Ceremony for Spring 2013 will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 10:30 am in the Lifelong Learning Society Tamar and Milton Maltz Auditorium on the MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. The Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 pm in the Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.
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Medallion Ceremony Frequently Asked Questions
When will both ceremonies take place?
The Medallion Ceremony for Spring 2013 will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 10:30 am in the LLS Tamar and Milton Maltz Auditorium on the MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. The Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 pm in the Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.
Who can participate?
Students who graduated in fall 2012 or who applied for spring 2013 graduation are eligible to participate in the Medallion Ceremony. Students who are within six credits of graduation (coursework, thesis, internship, etc.) and can complete these requirements by the end of summer 2013 are also eligible to participate, but they need clearance from David Flanigan, Associate Director of Academic Services.
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. Also, 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, which you can then wear to the Medallion Ceremony in the afternoon. Bus transportation will be provided for students and their guests from Jupiter to Boca Raton.
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 Round-up Form prior to the Senior Round-up Meeting (Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9 pm, in the Dining Hall), will be able to receive their Medallion Ceremony tickets during the meeting. Monday, April 22, 2013 is the last day to submit Round-up Forms.
Why can I only get five tickets for the Medallion Ceremony?
What are the important dates and times I need to know?
Medallion Ceremony, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 10:30 am
The Medallion Participation Form is now closed for the Spring 2013 Ceremony.
Information about the Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton.
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