Honors Convocation, Binder Physical Education Center, 1974

Honors Convocation Tradition to Continue at Hartwick on May 8

April 10, 2013Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich

On April 24, 1940, Hartwick College's "Scholastic Honor Day" began as a community-wide event in which faculty, staff, students and parents convened to call out the academic accomplishments of the student body. Now, 73 years later, the tradition continues. Today, while the event is called "Honors Convocation," the intent of the ceremony remains. 

Honors Convocation 2013 will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. At this time, President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich and members of the Hartwick College community will convene to honor and congratulate the recipients of more than 170 awards granted by academic departments and programs, as well as by several staff departments. The event serves to recognize exceptional academic achievement; a celebration of excellence in scholarship.

"A high quality liberal arts education should inspire curiosity, creativity and personal courage, human qualities that are necessary for robust intellectual inquiry and productivity," said Drugovich. "Hartwick College uses this Honors Convocation to recognize our most curious, most creative and most courageous The John Christopher Hartwick Scholarship is the award of highest distinction at the College. The 2012 JCH Scholars were:  Kelly R. Fayton '13 of Newbury, NH; Tyler R. Hall '13 of Wyckoff, NJ; Ashley R. Hunt '13 of Naples, ME; Jaclyn S. Patterson '13 of Frisco, TX; Mackenzie M. Shipley '13 of Sedro Woolley, WA and Anne Lousie Wagner '13 of South Berwick, MElearners. These students, and the faculty who mentor them, are a testament to the generative power of an education that transforms a student into a scholar."

Invitations to Award Honorees will be placed in campus mailboxes between April 19-24. Awardees are welcome to invite as many family members and other guests as they wish. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, visit the Hartwick College Honors Convocation website or contact Associate Dean and Director US Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews at 607-431-4428 or To RSVP for the event, contact Beverly Vigna, assistant to the dean of Academic Affairs, at 607-431-4409 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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