2023 Honors Convocation

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September 30, 2023 9:30 am to 11:00 am

ENR2 Building
Tucson, AZ 85721
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CALES Honors Convocation

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences holds an Honors Convocation each fall to recognize students who have achieved sustained academic excellence in undergraduate degree programs for the previous academic year. 

Students who meet the criteria will be honored with a designation of either Highest Academic Distinction or Academic Distinction. The event not only celebrates the hard work of students, but also serves to recognize the family and friends who support them.

Honors Convocation is an invitation-only event; all eligible students receive email invitations to their UArizona email address.

Event Details

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building (ENR2)
1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Reception begins at 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
RSVP requested by Sunday, September 24 at 11:59 p.m.


Eligible students who attend the ceremony will be individually recognized. Students will have their name read, cross the stage, and receive a cord for either Highest Academic Distinction or Academic Distinction.

  • Highest Academic Distinction: red, white and royal blue cord
    • Based on 30 regularly graded units the previous academic year and a 4.000 grade point average
  • Academic Distinction: red cord
    • Based on 30 regularly graded units the previous academic year and a grade point average of 3.500-3.999
  • Read more about the University of Arizona's Academic Distinction, Dean's List, Honors and Awards here.

What to Expect

  • Open seating; students may sit with their families.
  • Dressy casual attire is recommended for all participating students.
  • Photos will be taken during the event.


  • Do students and guests need to RSVP for the event?
    • Yes. RSVP is required. Students can and should RSVP on behalf of themselves & their guests
  • Is the ENR2 building wheelchair accessible?
    • Yes; all festivities will be held on the ground level and are accessible via wheelchair
  • Where should I park?
  • Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring?
    • No. The RSVP limits you to 10 guests, but you can bring more if you have a large family!
  • Is the Dean's List and Academic Distinction the same award?
    • No. There are specific differences between these two. Please reference this page to understand the differences between the two.
  • I have questions about my eligibility; what should I do?
    • Get in touch with your academic advisor or Leslie Grignon: lgrignon@arizona.edu
  • I cannot attend Honors Convocation; can I still get my cord?
    • Follow up communication will be sent the week after Honors Convocation to all students unable to attend in person.

Being recognized at Honors Convocation is a significant achievement! We are excited to celebrate with you.

Leslie Grignon
Manager, Student Experience