Edward Waters University (EWU) hosted its annual Honors Day Convocation, a prestigious event recognizing the academic achievements of its scholars. The ceremony, held at Milne Auditorium on March 20, was a celebration of excellence and a testament to the dedication of students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. TaKeia Anthony, Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Social Justice, Law, and Economic Policy and Dean of the Honors College, shed light on the criteria for recognition during the convocation.

“To be recognized during Honors Convocation, students must be full-time, enrolled in at least 12-credit hours for both the spring and fall semesters and earn a GPA of 3.0-4.0 without receiving a D, F, or I letter grade during the semester,” said Dr. Anthony.

She further delineated the recognition categories, emphasizing the Academic Honor’s List for GPAs ranging from 3.0-3.49, the Provost’s List for GPAs of 3.5-3.9, and the President’s List for scholars achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Among the honored scholars was Kimberly Holland, a junior majoring in Business Administration and Management. She emphasized the influence of the honors program on her personal and academic growth, urging incoming students to prioritize their academic journey while embracing personal development.

Reflecting on her achievement, Holland remarked, “Receiving recognition at the Honors Day Convocation is a glorious achievement and privilege to me because it offers the opportunity to formally and publicly celebrate the hard work of the semester.”

Highlighting the significance of the event, Dr. Anthony said, “Honors Convocation impacts the student experience within the Honors College because it is a time to celebrate the academic achievements of the students. It is a time for them to stand out among their peers and to be proud and celebrated for their hard work.”

She also noted the tradition of wearing purple honors blazers, adding to the ceremonial atmosphere of the occasion. Reflecting on the broader mission of academic excellence, Dr. Anthony expressed her hopes for the convocation to inspire both current and future students.

“As the Dean of the Honors College, I aim to celebrate academic excellence by providing a joyous celebration of the scholars and the distinguished faculty and staff who teach and support them,” she said. “I hope that celebrating the highest achieving scholars not only encourages honors students to maintain their excellence but also motivates others to strive for academic greatness.”

Dr. Lynsey D. Rector, a distinguished EWU alumna and keynote speaker at the event, shared her heartfelt sentiments about returning to her alma mater.

“Words cannot describe how it feels to return to my institution, which was my second home,” Dr. Rector expressed. “Edward Waters molded me into who I am today, teaching me multiple life lessons along the way.”

In her keynote address, Dr. Rector emphasized the importance of resilience and self-discovery.

 “Today we live in a society where we see the results via social media, but no one is exposed to the tears, hard work, and dedication to get to where you are,” she said. “The school has taught me what it means to be a successful black woman. Without EWU, I truly would not be where I am today.”

The Edward Waters University Honors Day Convocation not only celebrates academic excellence but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for the entire university community. As scholars, faculty, and staff gather to honor achievements, they reinforce the institution’s commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and lifelong learning.

EWU Honors Day Convocation serves as a powerful testament to the dedication and excellence of our scholars,” said Genyne H. Boston, PhD, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It’s a moment where we come together to celebrate the transformative power of education and the remarkable achievements of our students. This event not only honors individual accomplishments but also underscores our collective commitment to academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge. As we recognize our scholars’ hard work and dedication, we reaffirm our mission to empower them to become leaders in their fields and make a positive impact on the world.”

About Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University (EWU), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban institution of higher education, which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWU was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of higher learning. It is the first private and independent institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ew.edu.