JOHNSON CITY (April 12, 2019) – The Honors College at East Tennessee State University will recognize students for superior achievement during the annual Academic Excellence Convocation on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Brooks Gym.
At the event, 114 students graduating from special programs – University Honors Scholars (19), Midway Honors Scholars (16), Fine and Performing Arts Honors Scholars (14), Honors-in-Discipline Scholars (59), and Roan Leadership Scholars (6) – will be recognized and awarded stoles from their respective programs. Outstanding Student Awards will be presented to 54 of the most outstanding graduates in their respective degree programs. These awards are determined by vote of the faculty in each program, and recipients receive specially engraved medallions.
The speaker for the Academic Excellence Convocation is ETSU Honors College alumna Catherine Pritchard Childress. A Midway Honors Scholar and summa cum laude graduate, Childress earned a B.A. in English with a sociology minor in 2011. She was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Student Award in English and the 2010 Golda M. Merrill Scholarship. She continued her education at ETSU and obtained an M.A. in English in 2013.
Childress currently serves as an instructor of writing and literature in ETSU’s Department of Literature and Languages and co-directs the annual Creative Writing Festival. She is the author of the poetry collection “Other” and has published poems in national and regional journals.
The convocation is free and open to the public. A special reception will be held for students, families and faculty members in the Brooks Gym lobby prior to the ceremony. Entertainment will be provided by one of the ETSU bluegrass bands.
For more information, please call the Honors College office at 423-439-6076. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.