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Honors Day to take place virtually

Apr 19, 2020
by Jayda Barnes, ‘19

On April 21, the tenth annual Honors Day at Flagler College will go live on the College’s website to acknowledge student achievements.

Traditionally, Honors Day consists of poster board presentations by students who have received undergraduate research grants, followed by a ceremony to honor distinguished students in their majors. With the College transitioning to an online format for the remainder of the semester, Honors Day will also transition to a virtual event for the community to attend.

“This is a day to consider and to honor the higher purpose of higher education, the achievement of academic excellence,” said Dr. Alan Woolfolk, vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty.

The online Honors Day event will consist of several components. Woolfolk will deliver a video address regarding the purpose of Honors Day. John Kreiger, executive director of WorldDenver and a Flagler alum, will deliver a keynote address from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the topic of "The Value of Resilience and Adaptability When the Future is Unclear." This co-curricular event will be a live Q&A on Zoom moderated by Dr. Art Vanden Houten.

Students who received undergraduate research grants will still present their research by providing a digital version of their poster board and a written summary of their research, as well as a photo of themselves. Some presentations will be delivered in video format by the students.

The Distinguished Student Award Ceremony will also take place virtually. Each honoree will be represented on the website with photo, followed by a video from the nominating faculty detailing why the honoree received the award.

“Honorees will be able to share their professors’ comments and the acknowledgment of their award with many more people and be able to keep and revisit their professors’ kind words in the future,” said Stephanie Burgess, director of College Relations, of the benefits of a virtual event.

To view the Honors Day webpage when it goes live, visit here.

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