Honors Convocation on hiatus this year, but faculty will still receive awards

Art Levine standing at podium


The Pitt Honors Convocation, which celebrates the accomplishments of faculty and students, won’t be happening this year, according to the University.

 “After receiving considerable input over the past few years from faculty, staff and students alike, we are reimagining Honors Convocation to create a richer experience for all of our honorees,” the University said in a statement.

The event has traditionally been held in February. Last year marked the 43rd annual Honors Convocation.

The University plans to move undergraduate student awards to separate ceremonies during commencement weekend, “so that more of these honorees can celebrate their accomplishments with their families,” the statement said. Graduate students and postdocs will be recognized at their own ceremony earlier in April.

For faculty awards, a new convocation ceremony is being designed that will debut in the 2020-21 academic year. Plans are under development and will shortly be shared with appropriate Senate committees, the statement said.

The awards that traditionally are given out at convocation — the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service, Teaching, and Research Awards, the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and individual school recognitions — will still be granted this year and will be celebrated at various events this semester. Staff awards are given out at the end of each calendar year.

Susan Jones is editor of the University Times. Reach her at suejones@pitt.edu or 412-648-4294.


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