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Honors convocation set for Saturday

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, April 27, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 23:04

The annual Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. The ceremony recognizes outstanding graduates in each of the eight colleges and students who have completed honors scholarships.

Mary Todd, dean of honors college, said the name honors convocation is somewhat misleading because various departments on campus issue the awards.

“We provide the venue for the colleges to recognize their students,” Todd said. “That’s why the chairs for the different departments come actually on stage with the students and present the certificates. It’s not an award from the honors college. If the student is the outstanding student in philosophy, that is  an award from the department of humanities.”

The honors college takes responsibility for completion of John Marshall, Yeager, Hedrick and Erma Byrd scholarships. Students of the Honors College will receive medallions for graduation.

In addition to the award presentation, a guest speaker is always featured. Todd said it is tradition to select an alum.

“I like to have a speaker who has some good story themselves,” Todd said. “They’ve been a success. Not necessarily names anyone would recognize, but they present some kind of model of achievement.”

This year, Staci Provezis will speak. Provesis is a 1993 and 1995 English graduate of Marshall. She said she is looking forward to returning to her alma mater.

“I am very honored and excited about being asked to speak at this year’s Honors Convocation,” Provezis said. “Marshall University certainly has a special place in my heart, and I have many fond memories of my time there.”

Provezis is now working in the office of the provost at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Provezis is the senior communication and evaluation coordinator.

Provezis said she carefully considered the topic of Friday’s speech.    

“When thinking about the speech I would give, I considered what I wish I would have known when I was graduating,” Provezis said. “I have also folded in some personal stories and memories as well as some words of advice. One of the focuses of the speech will be the importance of long term planning.”

Honors convocation is traditionally scheduled for the week before commencement. Parents and friends are invited.

Brittanee Barton can be contacted at

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