80th Honors Convocation slated for April 13

Hanover College will host its 80th-annual Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 13, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The program will begin at 3 p.m.

The event, featuring the senior class and faculty in full academic regalia, honors the College’s best and brightest students and faculty with an array of accolades for academic achievement, including departmental honors and national honor society inductions, as well as awards for campus leadership and outstanding teaching.

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The ceremony includes more than 50 awards and will culminate with the presentation of four major honors.

The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence and the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence will be presented to exceptional students. The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award and the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity will be presented to recognize the efforts of deserving faculty members.

The Crowe Citation is named to honor Hanover’s founder, John Finley Crowe. Created by the faculty in 1955, the award is given to the outstanding graduating senior man on the basis of excellence in areas of Christian character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

The Long Citation, first presented in 1947, is given by the trustees of the College to the woman who best exemplifies scholarship, leadership, Christian interests and practices, world-mindedness, social skills and understanding, and the general quality of campus citizenship. The award is named for Henry C. Long, whose gift created the Long College for Women, which merged with Hanover College in 1978.

The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award was established by the College in 1969. A ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the award recipient. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, established in 2011, was re-named in honor of the biology professor who died in 2011. The award recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Hanover’s Class of 2017 will graduate Saturday, May 27. The commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at The Point.

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