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Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation will be held at Harper College on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m in the Harper College Performing Arts Center. Watch the ceremony.

Honors Convocation is a traditional celebration of the academic excellence exhibited by the faculty and students of a college. 

Individual students receive a formal invitation and are honored for their overall academic achievement, and their outstanding performance within a particular program of study. Above all, Honors Convocation recognizes the students’ commitment to setting and attaining high educational goals. 

Honors Convocation FAQs

The Ceremony

The Harper College Graduation Ceremony is a campus-wide ceremony honoring the completion of degrees and/or certificates. At this ceremony, the President of Harper College confers degrees and certificates of graduating students.

The Honors Convocation Ceremony honors individual students for overall academic achievement and outstanding performance within a particular program of study. 

Eligibility to participate is determined by academic achievement and outstanding performance within a particular program of study. Eligible students will receive an invitation to attend the Honors Convocation ceremony.

All students invited to attend Honors Convocation will be recognized for an accomplishment and invited on stage to be recognized. Some students may receive multiple awards throughout the evening based on personal accomplishments achieved.

Students do not have a rehearsal prior to the ceremony, however, students should plan to arrive early to check-in and receive their name card and assigned seating area.

There is no charge to attend or participate in Honors Convocation.

The ceremony lasts about 90 minutes and is followed by a dessert reception in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Students will be walking across the stage to receive their award. Professional or business attire is recommended.

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Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. In the event Performing Arts Center becomes full, we will live stream the ceremony in two overflow rooms.

There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend the ceremony but seating is limited. Additional seating will be provided in a room adjacent to the Performing Arts Center and the ceremony will be live-streamed into the room.

No tickets are necessary to attend Honors Convocation.

We kindly request that the guest with small children refrain from bringing strollers to the auditorium.

Parking and Special Accomodations

Honors Convocation is held in our Performing Arts Center. Parking Lots 1 and 2 are available for parking. 

Sign language interpreters and captioning will be available. 

Accessible seating is provided in the audience section for guests using wheelchairs.  Ushers will be available to direct guests to this seating area. Harper College does not provide wheelchairs at Honors Convocation.


Honors Convocation is photographed, but students do not receive individual pictures when walking across the stage. Personal photography is allowed during the ceremony.

Pictures taken during Honors Convocation can be found on the Harper College Flickr page following the event.