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November 12, 2014

fridays@noon is a series of events hosted by the University Honors Program throughout the course of the academic year, typically featuring Honors students sharing something unique about their undergraduate experiences here at the University and around the world. This year, we've expanded the series to include several musical performances by our talented students.

At one of our October events, parents, friends, and staff gathered for a triple-bill featuring tuba duets by Connor Neil (first year, Neuroscience) and Jonathon Meyer (first year, Electrical Engineering / Computer Science), a classical guitar performance by Tyler Tracy (third year, Music / Political Science), and a vocal performance by Madison Holtze (first year, Music):

There are still a few excellent fridays@noon events this semester, including a chance to meet Northrop's 2014 McKnight International Artist, Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado on November 21st! The full list of fall 2014 events is as follows:

Upcoming (note: please double-check our calendar to ensure accurate and up-to-date info.)

  • November 14: Joelle Stangler, a junior Political Science and Journalism major and current president of the Minnesota Student Association (MSA), talks about getting involved in student government at the University.
  • November 21: Renowned Cuban choreographer and Northrop's McKnight International Artist in residence, Osnel Delgado, joins us for a special edition for fridays@noon. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.
  • December 5: Feeling intimidated by the medical school application process? Our panel of UHP seniors have been through the gauntlet and survived to share their stories!


  • September 19: Sarah Bening, a senior Biomedical Engineering major who works in the Living Devices Lab and spent this past summer working in a research program at MIT, shared her experience with undergraduate research.
  • September 26: Arianna Wegley, a freshman majoring in music, performed on the cello.
  • October 3: Quincy "Sherlock" Rosemarie, a senior majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology & Development, uncovered the truth about her experiences with undergraduate research and internships at Mayo Clinic and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.
  • October 17: Joshua Quinn, a senior majoring in political science, talked about his experience traveling to Beijing for a year with the CET Intensive Chinese Language program.
  • October 24: Kieran McCabe, a senior Aerospace Engineering major and president of Gopher Motorsports, talked about building open-wheel sports cars for the Formula SAE competition.
  • October 31: Tuba duet from freshmen Connor Neil and Jonathon Meyer; classical guitar performance by senior Tyler Tracy; vocal performance by freshman Madison Holtze.
  • November 7: Emily Myers, a senior Anthropology major, spoke about her experience last summer in Cuba with the SPAN program, which offers opportunities for faculty-directed research abroad. Evelyn Anderson, the Administrative Coordinator from SPAN also attended and answered questions about the program.

We're very pleased to share a selection of photos from the 2014 Honors Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony was a great success, with an audience of nearly 800 students, families, friends, staff, and faculty gathering at Northrop to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our 2014 Latin Honors graduates. Thanks for making this event a memorable one.

These photos and many more are available as free high resolution downloads! Use the password "honors" to access the photos. Prints can be ordered for a fee as well.

All photos courtesy of Patrick O'Leary, University Relations.

Plans for the 2015 Ceremony

The 2015 ceremony will be held at 7pm on Thursday, May 7th, in Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Each Latin Honors graduate will receive a certificate, signed by President Kaler and the Director of the University Honors Program, and a medallion to be worn at their college graduation ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to celebrate your accomplishments as an honors student. A reception will follow the ceremony. Please stay posted for details early in the Spring 2014 semester

We're very pleased to share a selection of photos from the 2013 Honors Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony was a great success, with an audience of 700 students, families, friends, staff, and faculty gathering at the Ted Mann Concert Hall to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our 2013 graduates. Thanks for making this event a memorable one.

All photos courtesy of Patrick O'Leary, University Relations.

Plans for the 2014 Ceremony

The University Honors Program will be moving its offices to the third floor of the revitalized Northrop Memorial Auditorium in late December of 2013—so we're very excited to announce that the 2014 Honors Recognition Ceremony will be held in the beautifully renovated auditorium. Mark your calendars with the following details, and stay tuned for further information early next Spring:

  • Thursday, May 8th, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
  • Northrop Memorial Auditorium

One student will be selected to speak on behalf of and to all undergraduate degree recipients who have participated in the University Honors Program. Continue reading for detailed instructions and eligibility information.


While the Recognition Ceremony will celebrate all graduates who have been involved in Honors regardless of pursuing Latin Honors, preference is given to applicants who intend to graduate with any level of Latin Honors. Level of Latin Honors is not considered in selection, but pplicants must be graduating in Spring, May, or Summer 2012.

Application and selection process

The online application (link at the end of this page) requires brief responses to five (5) questions and a summary of the speech you would give if selected. Please review the application in advance to prepare your responses. Applications are due on Friday, March 23, 2012. The UHP Speaker Committee (consisting of UHP staff and students) will review submissions and identify finalists who will be invited to present or read a portion of their draft speech in an interview the week of April 2-6, 2012. Selection of speaker will be made shortly thereafter. The UHP Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Guidelines and tips for writing a speech

Graduation is both an end and a beginning, and as the representative of UHP graduates, the student speaker is in a position to reflect on the past (common educational experiences, impactful and memorable moments) and articulate the excitement (or possibly even apprehension) of the graduating class of 2012. The best speeches are those that resonate with the largest number of people. Aim to convey a personal sentiment of the value of undergraduate education and experiences at Minnesota and with the University Honors Program.

Audience: Graduates (both those graduating with Latin Honors and those who have been actively involved in Honors coursework), family of graduates, Honors faculty & staff, and University and College administrators.

Length: Three (3) minutes for final speech.

Contact: Contact the UHP Speaker Committee (, 612-624-5522, 20 Nicholson Hall) with questions about the Recognition Ceremony or student speaker application process.


The University Honors Program is pleased to acknowledge its graduating seniors in an annual Honors Recognition Ceremony. All honors students will be recognized for their dedication to learning, research, and the experiences that have placed them on the path to become our newest leaders and scholars.

This year's ceremony will be held on May 3rd at 7:00 pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the west bank campus. Full details are available here.

Information Session
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
3:45-4:45 pm
325 Nicholson

Learn from U of M faculty and staff experts about prestigious scholarships for graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland: the Rhodes, Marshall, George M. Mitchell, Churchill, and Gates Cambridge.

Current sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to attend.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (for the Rhodes Scholarship, citizens of some British Commonwealth countries may also apply) with exceptionally strong academic records. A GPA of 3.8 or higher is generally expected. Some of the scholarships have additional eligibility requirements. Institutional endorsement is required; students who are interested in being endorsed by the University for a scholarship to begin graduate study in Fall 2012 must submit a preliminary application by April 4, 2011. 

An instruction sheet explaining the campus endorsement process and how to apply will be available at the info panel, and thereafter from the University Honors Program office, 20 Nicholson Hall.