Honors Week to feature student thesis presentations

By Brooke Bailey

Honors students will present their theses as part of a 21-year-old tradition known as Honors Week. The week long event will take place Monday through Friday.

The students will present the results of their theses that they have been working on for at least one to two years. Seniors in the program are required to present their thesis material to an audience of faculty and students during Honors Week.

All students and faculty are invited to attend the presentations Monday through Friday at 115 Alexander Hall. The schedule can be found online at the Honors College website, www.baylor.edu/honorscollege/.

The purpose of Honors Week is to recognize student scholars, Dr. Thomas Hibbs, dean of the Honors College, said.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole university to honor the most outstanding seniors,” Hibbs said.

Hibbs said he wants the week to be memorable for seniors.

“I hope the graduating seniors who are finishing their theses or who have been named as outstanding students get a sense of Baylor’s commitment to academic excellence, and they get a sense of our appreciation as faculty,” Hibbs said. “It’s yet another opportunity to reflect on what Baylor has meant to them.”

Senior honors students and their faculty mentors will also be recognized at a banquet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Barfield Drawing Room. The dinner is invitation only.

The week will conclude with the Honors Week Convocation at 2 p.m. Friday in the Barfield Drawing Room. Seniors are selected by every department to attend the convocation. The event is invitation only due primarily to limited seating.

Every year a speaker is selected for the convocation. Hibbs said the selection of the speaker alternates between alumni and people involved in the academic community. Alumnus James Nortey will be this year’s keynote speaker. Nortey graduated from Baylor in 2008 and is an associate in the public law section of Andrews Kurth, LLP in Austin.

“He is an example of the success a student can have at Baylor and afterwards,” said Petra Carey, the coordinator of communications, recruitment and external relations for the Honors College.

More information about Nortey and the Convocation can be found online at the Honors College website.