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ETSU to hold Academic Excellence Convocation for May graduates

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JOHNSON CITY (April 1, 2014) – The Honors College at East Tennessee State University will recognize 827 students for superior achievement during the annual Academic Excellence Convocation on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

The event will honor 42 student Faculty Award winners, determined by vote of the faculty in each program. All graduating students achieving a 3.5-4.0 grade point average, denoting cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude academic standing, will also be honored, as will those graduating from five special programs: University Honors Scholars, Midway Honors Scholars, Fine and Performing Arts Scholars, Honors-in-Discipline and Roan Leadership Scholars.

The convocation is a free, public event, as is a reception sponsored by the ETSU Foundation to be held for the students, their families and friends, and faculty members in the Culp Center ballroom following the ceremony.

The speaker for the evening is Dr. Chris Dula, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and recent recipient of the ETSU Distinguished Faculty in Teaching Award.

Upon his arrival at ETSU in 2004, Dula established the ETSU Applied Psychology Laboratory, where students engage in ongoing research projects. A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dula has been directly involved with funded research projects totaling almost $400,000 and has co-authored 15 peer-reviewed research articles and a book chapter and is now completing a textbook. The recipient of numerous awards, he also performs with his band, “Kryss” Dula and Friends, to raise funds for charities supported by ETSU students, faculty and members of the community.  

Record attendance is expected at the convocation. If maximum capacity for the Culp Auditorium is reached, guests will be directed to the Culp Center ballroom, where the program will be telecast live on a large screen. Guests viewing from the ballroom may go directly to the reception at the other side of the ballroom following the event to meet their graduates.

For more information, call the Honors College office at (423) 439-6076. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.