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Release: May 9, 2002
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to honor top graduates at May
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has invited
more than 250 of its top May graduates to the semi-annual Commencement Honors
Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, May 17 in the Richey Triangle Ballroom
at the Iowa Memorial Union.
The reception honors students who have earned highest distinction, high
distinction, distinction, or honors in a particular department, and gives
them an opportunity to introduce their parents, families, and guests to collegiate
faculty and administrators, including Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Maxson said she that initiated the tradition in May 1998 at the end of her
first academic year at the UI to give additional recognition to the college's
highest achieving students.
"These students are simply outstanding in their fields and have achieved
a level of excellence that deserves extra attention," she said.
To graduate with honors, students must complete the honors requirements
for their major, including an honors thesis supervised by a faculty advisor.
Earning distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction depends on the
student's class rank. Students in the top two percent of the class (for May
2002 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages between 3.98-4.0)
earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest three percent (May
2002 GPA. 3.87-3.97) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest five
percent (May 2002 GPA. 3.73-3.86) earn distinction.