University Honors

Honors Convocation is an annual celebration where undergraduate students are recognized for their distinguished academic achievements. It is one of the University's most important academic traditions.

The convocation is held in March of each year in Hill Auditorium; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. While there is no set dress code for Honors Convocation, business casual attire is recommended for both students and guests.

Immediately following the ceremony, students and guests are invited to attend a reception in the historic Michigan League, where they will have the opportunity to meet President Coleman, the Provost, and the deans of the schools and colleges.

Students who earn one or more of the following award designations in the previous calendar year will be recognized at this event:

A notation for each honor is posted on the student's transcript by the Office of the Registrar.

Students endorsed for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships by the University of Michigan also are recognized at the Honors convocation, along with winners of the Thurnau Professorships.

Thurnau Professorships were established in 1988 by a bequest from Arthur F. Thurnau to recognize and reward faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. The professorships honor tenured faculty members who, through their commitment and investment in undergraduate teaching, have had a positive impact on the intellectual development and lives of students.



For additional information about Honors Convocation, please contact the Office of University and Development Events at 734.647.7900 or e-mail

For information about award eligibility, please contact the Registrar's Office at 734.764.6280 or e-mail