Student Advising Office

Honors Day

Moody College of Communication Honors Convocation

Each year, the Moody College of Communication recognizes college and distinguished scholars and recipients of College-wide scholarship awards at the Honors Day Ceremony. The celebration will begin with a catered brunch, followed by a special address by Dan Rather,  an Emmy and Peabody Award winning broadcast journalist and the 2013 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Trustees Award winner.  He has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 DeWitt Carter Reddick Award.  In addition to honoring our outstanding students,  we will be honoring the 2014 Moody College of Communication Outstanding Alumnus, Dr. Melody Chatelle, as well as the Moody College of Communication Staff Excellence Award winners.  The festivities will conclude with the recognition of this year’s scholarship recipients and College and Distinguished Scholars.

If you wish to attend this event, you must RSVP in person at the Student Advising Office in BMC 2.600 from March 24 – April 4.  The office is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited for the Moody College of Communication Honors Day Convocation.  Admission tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis when you visit the office to RSVP. A maximum of three tickets per student will be allowed. There will be no admittance to the Convocation without an admission ticket.  If you are unable to attend the Moody College of Communication event, Honors Day packets (which include honors certificates and medallions) will be available for pick-up in Student Advising, BMC 2.600, beginning Monday, April 14th.  These College of Communication awards are guaranteed.

Parking for the college event is available in UT parking lots and garages in the vicinity of the Frank Erwin Center. There will be a nominal charge for use of the garages.  A map is available at http://www.utexas.edu/parking/maps/visitor/index.html

Honors Day FAQs:

I am a double major in the Moody College of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts.  I meet the requirements for the Moody College of Communication, why didn’t I receive an invitation?

This is a university honor (not a college honor), therefore, double majors enrolled in two schools/colleges must meet the GPA requirements for both schools/colleges in order to receive an Honors Day designation.  In this example, the student did not meet the GPA requirement to meet the top 20% for the College of Liberal Arts, so the student did not qualify for an Honors Day designation even though he/she met the College of Communication criteria.

I am a double major in the Moody College of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts.  I meet the requirements for the College of Communication as a Distinguished Scholar, why am I designated as a College Scholar?

This is a university honor (not a college honor), therefore, double majors enrolled in two schools/colleges must meet the GPA requirements for both schools/colleges in order to receive an Honors Day designation.  If a student qualifies as a Distinguished Scholar for the Moody College of Communication and qualifies as a College Scholar for the College of Liberal Arts, the student would qualify as a College Scholar for The University.

What’s the difference between the University Honors Day ceremony and the College of Communication Honors Day ceremony?

These are two separate ceremonies and you must RSVP for each event separately. The University ceremony offers honors students an honors cord as well as a medallion for students that qualify as distinguished scholars and an honors cord for students that qualify as college scholars. These awards are not guaranteed if you do not attend the ceremony. The Moody College of Communication ceremony offers all honors day students a medallion. These medallions are guaranteed whether or not you attend the ceremony. If you are not able to attend the Honors Day ceremony, we ask that you wait until after the ceremony to collect your medallion.

How do I know if I’m eligible for Honors Day recognition?

Check the Honoree Listing on the UT Honors Day website:

 http://www.utexas.edu/events/honorsday/honorees.html

What are the Honors Day criteria?
http://www.utexas.edu/events/honorsday/information.html

I thought I qualified for Honors Day recognition, but I’m not on the Honors Day list. What can I do?

Review the Honors Day criteria (see link above) to confirm your eligibility. If you still believe you are eligible, you should see your assigned Moody College of Communication advisor who can check your Honors Day status against the criteria and explain or assist as necessary.

I’m getting a grade change which should improve my GPA.  Can I be considered for Honors Day?

No. Designation as a College Scholar or a Distinguished College Scholar will be based on eligibility calculations by the Office of the Registrar, as of 5 p.m. on the 20th class day of the semester in which the Honors Day Ceremony is held.  For 2014, that date will be February 10, 2014.  No changes will be made to eligibility beyond the 20th class day.

I’m getting a grade change which should improve my GPA.  Can I be considered for Distinguished Scholar status instead of College Scholar status?

No. Designation as a College Scholar or a Distinguished College Scholar will be based on eligibility calculations by the Office of the Registrar, as of 5 p.m. on the 20th class day of the semester in which the Honors Day Ceremony is held.  For 2014, that date will be February 10, 2014.  No changes will be made to eligibility beyond the 20th class day.

I qualified for Honors Day recognition last year, but I’m not on the Honors Day list for this year.  What happened?

Eligibility is based on class rank instead of a set GPA minimum. Class rank is recalculated by the Office of the Registrar each year and the GPA requirement can change from year to year.  College of Communication top 20% class rank GPA for 2014 eligibility was calculated as 3.6515 in-residence UT GPA for seniors and 3.6460 in-residence UT GPA for juniors.

How do I get tickets for the Moody College of Communication Honors Day Convocation?

If you wish to attend this event, you must RSVP and collect your tickets in person at the Student Advising Office in BMC 2.600 from March 24 – April 4. The office is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited for the Moody College of Communication Honors Day Convocation. Admission tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis when you visit the office to RSVP. A maximum of three tickets per student will be allowed. There will be no admittance to the Convocation without an admission ticket. If you are unable to attend the College of Communication event, Honors Day packets (which include honors certificates and medallions) will be available for pick-up in Student Advising, BMC 2.600, beginning Monday, April 14th. These Moody College of Communication awards are guaranteed.

Can I get more than three tickets?

As seating and budget is limited, we are not able to offer more than three tickets per student.

How do I RSVP for the University ceremony?

Please see the Honoree RSVP link on the UT Honors Day website:

 https://utdirect.utexas.edu/honorsday/rsvp.WBX

What do I do if I can’t attend the Honors Day ceremonies?

If you are unable to attend the Moody College of Communication event, Honors Day packets (which include honors certificates and medallions) will be available for pick-up in the Student Advising Office, BMC 2.600, beginning Monday, April 14th. These College of Communication awards are guaranteed.

If you cannot attend the University event, you can come by the Moody College of Communication Student Advising office (BMC 2.600) on the Monday morning following the event. We will distribute extra honors cords and medallions from the University ceremony on a first-come, first served basis until we run out; however, these awards are NOT guaranteed if you do not attend the University event. Student Advising staff will not reserve one for you if you cannot or do not attend.

Does this mean that I am graduating with honors?

Graduating with honors is a separate honors designation from Honors Day recognition. Qualifying for Honors Day does not necessarily mean that you will graduate with honors. Please see this link for more information regarding graduating with honors: http://moody.utexas.edu/students/graduation-information. If you will be recognized for graduating with honors, cords for this recognition are distributed at the graduation ceremony.

2014 Ceremony Information

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Frank Erwin Center, Lone Star Room
Map and Driving Directions: http://www.uterwincenter.com/about/location

BE ADVISED that there may be construction around the Erwin Center. Please see this notice.