Honors Traditions   




At The Honors College Orientation, students meet other incoming students, talk with current Honors students, prepare for the transition to college, meet EMU staff, and officially activate their membership with The Honors College. It is designed to help them learn about the Honors requirements and how to incorporate them into one’s individual coursework. There are different types of orientations for different incoming students. Visit the Orientation page to determine which Orientation to attend. 


The Honors College Common Read & Ice Cream Social 


Each year, The Honors College incoming class reads a book together, which is introduced at The Honors College Orientation. A discussion is held and followed by an ice cream social with the entire Honors Community. 

The Ice Cream Social is an opportunity for current Honors students to welcome incoming Honors students who attended the Common Read discussion and to enjoy some fun before the first day of school. 




The Soaring Higher Induction Ceremony is an event that occurs after a student has completed Honors Orientation. At this point, students have learned about The Honors College and its community. They are electing to pursue Honors and take on the responsibilities of being an Honors student. By participating in the Induction Ceremony, they are demonstrating their commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and membership in the Honors community.

At this event, students will hear from Honors members about beginning their path in Honors, learn the meaning behind The Honors College logo, recite the pledge and motto, and sign their name in the Induction Book.


Honors Stratford Trip


Each Fall, a group of Honors students accompany Dr. Ron Delph, an Honors professor, to Stratford, Ontario for a weekend to enjoy fabulous Stratford theatre. Usually, the trip consists of "three plays in two days", most of which are Shakespeare plays. This trip counts as study abroad and is very popular with Honors students. Tickets to attend are first come, first serve.   




Our annual Lock-In event is a great way for students to take a break from school work during the semester and celebrate with some fun. The night is full of food, various activities, and contests. Prizes are given away throughout the night. The Lock-In gives students an opportunity to reconnect and enjoy the community that The Honors College provides.



The Honors College Picnic honors picnic


Each semester, The Honors College holds a picnic to get together and enjoy good company. Dinner is at the Lake House in the fall and The Honors College in the spring. It's a great time to see the many faces of Honors and to interact with the students, faculty, and staff.   



Undergraduate Symposium

The Undergraduate Symposium is a one-day program to recognize and celebrate the exceptional academic work of EMU undergraduate students. It is an excellent opportunity for participating students to share the results of their research and creative academic activities in a conference format through an oral presentation, poster display or exhibit format. Many of our Honors students present at the Undergraduate Symposium.


Presidential Scholarship Competition

This EMU scholarship competition awards 20 students a four year, full-ride scholarship. It is EMU’s largest academic award. It consists of an essay test, a personal interview, and a review of the student’s academic background. For more information on the Presidential Scholarship Competition, visit the undergraduate admissions page.


Star Lecture Series

The Star Lecture Series is a series of lectures given monthly over the course of the academic year. Each year has a different theme and all of the lectures speak to different aspects of that particular theme. The lectures are an engaging way to bring the Honors community together and provide a platform for us all to consider different issues with an open mind. Access the calendar to find out when Star Lectures are scheduled. Click on the link above to access videos of many past Star Lectures.


Honors Awards Ceremony

The Honors Awards Ceremony is a special ceremony that honors all of our students who have won awards, received Honors scholarships, and have been nominated for special recognition. It celebrates the achievement and dedication to excellence that many of our students and professors embody in The Honors College.



Honors Commencement honors commencement

To begin the graduation process, students first participate in an exit interview. There they review transcripts and verify their completion of graduation requirements. They also receive information about graduation and fill out an evaluation for The Honors College. The Exit Interview starts the process of moving from a current student to Honors Alumni.

The second part of Honors Graduation is The Honors College Commencement ceremony and reception. Students graduate from The Honors College and receive the Honors medallion, which is worn at University Commencement. It is held in either April or December and recognizes the Honors graduates publicly for their completion of Honors.