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97 students inducted into Honors Program

By Jennifer Rooks
On April 19, 2011

  • Dustin Pickett, sophomore marketing major, shakes hands with the Provost Brenda Allen and Chancellor Reaves after receiving his Honors Program certificate and honors pin. Photos by Garrett Garms

A total of 97 students were inducted into the Honors Program during a one-hour ceremony at Dillard Auditorium on March 23.

Present were friends, family, honors students, faculty, staff, Chancellor Donald J. Reaves and Provost Brenda Allen.

Andrea Woods, a senior from Greensboro, who sang two selections, and was accompanied by Roy Belfield, assistant professor of music. The induction program also included a spoken word tribute by Austin Grier, sophomore from High Point.

"The students who are inducting today are highly motivated and very talented," Chancellor Reaves said. The honorees were awarded commemorative honors pin and certificate before being sworn in.

"The students being inducted into the Winston-Salem State University Honors Program this year represent a phenomenal group of scholars," said Soncerey L. Montgomery, Honors Program interim director.

"As evidenced by their induction into the Honors Program, these students have heeded the call to academic success."

The induction program takes place every spring semester.

"I'm both happy and honored to be inducted into the Honors Program," said Alexis Alexander, junior elementary education major from Greensboro.

"It lets me know that all the hard work I have put into my degree is actually paying off."

Admittance to the Honors Program is categorized as full or associate. Full admission is extended to entering freshmen that are awarded institutional scholarships. Associate admission is offered to students who have completed at least 15 hours at the University and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better.

"The honors students must be committed to academic excellence, but they must also want an education that goes beyond the walls of the classroom or a single academic specialty," Montgomery said.

"Not content with learning just what is set before them, the scholars replace the mere pursuit of grades with the pursuit of knowledge.

"Clearly, they have an appetite for success."

Special features of the Honors Program include honors housing in Rams Commons Residence Hall, internships, leadership development events, community service projects, honors conferences and personalized instruction from faculty.

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