It's never too early to chart out your path to graduation. Graduating with Honors takes a bit more planning, but don't sweat it, we're here to help. To start with, read through the Honors graduation requirements below.
1. Complete twelve (12) credits of required courses:
2. Maintain an average GPA of at least 3.0 in your major and in your junior-senior years.
3. Give two public oral and poster presentations:
Presentations must be given at the Honors Program's Fall Forum or Spring Symposium, Proposal Conference, or at a national academic or professional conference. In case of the latter, documented evidence of your participation will be required.
4. Submit to the Honors Program by the last day of exams in the semester of graduation, the following supplementary materials:
*Please save your files in the following format:
Deadlines for submission of the Senior Honors Project:
|Advisor sees entire rough draft||2nd Friday of November||2nd Friday of April||2nd Friday of July|
|Committee sees examination draft||4th Friday of November||4th Friday of April||4th Friday of July|
|Final bound copy due to Honors office||2nd Thursday of December||2nd Thursday of May||2nd Thursday of August|
|Committee's evaluation due to Honors office||2nd Friday of December||2nd Friday of May||2nd Friday of August|
You must maintain an average GPA of at least 3.0 in both your major and overall for your junior-senior years at UHM.
Candidates are evaluated in the following 4 ways:
HON 495 is taken for CR/NC and instructors submit written evaluations for each student on their written work, presentations and class participation. An explanation of our grading philosophy is provided in the document “Grading policy for HON 491 and HON 495.” Detailed comments are accompanied by a summary assessment of "No Honors," "Honors," "High Honors," "Highest Honors."
Emphasis is placed on the thesis (about 2/3).
The Senior Honors Project is assessed by a committee consisting of the project advisor and two readers. The committee reviews a final draft of the Project and makes its assessment in a written reported submitted to the Honors Council. If appropriate, the committee may use the rubric, “Evaluation of a Senior Honors Project" provided by the Honors Program. Detailed comments are accompanied by a summary assessment of "No Honors," "Honors," "High Honors," "Highest Honors."
Please note that in the case where the student’s project is also part of the requirement for the degree in a major, such as in Global Environmental Studies and History, the project must satisfy the department before it can be considered for Honors.
Poster and oral presentations are evaluated by faculty judges according to a rubric that is used at the Spring Symposium and Fall Forum. Detailed comments are accompanied by a summary assessment of "No Honors," "Honors," "High Honors," "Highest Honors." Students must submit their posters in digital format as part of the graduating requirements. The poster may be used to in assessment of the degree.
Students completing the Honors Program and earning Honors degree should display exemplary qualities in scholarship, be engaged in leadership and service on campus and in the community, and be committed to excellence in their personal development. Students are expected to provide evidence of their engagement in the CV.
Honors degree candidates are evaluated by the Honors Council, which awards every candidate one of the following designations:
With the exception of the "No Honors" designation, this accolade appears on your university diploma, as well as your transcript.
Please note: all digital files must be submitted on a CD or DVD in PDF file format.
Your academic CV, or Curriculum Vitae, contains more detail about educational qualifications and experience than a typical resume, and it serves the purpose of documenting your qualifications for graduate school or academic employment.
You must compose a personal statement of no more than 500 words on “My Experience in Honors.”
Feel free to candidly discuss both what you have gained from your time in the Honors Program and how you contributed to the program as well.
All graduates must complete an exit survey before the Honors Council meets to determine the award of Honors degree. This usually happens about two weeks following the official end of the semester. If you so desire, you may schedule an interview with the Director of the Honors Program instead. You will be asked to reflect on your academic training and personal development while in the Honors Program. The information you provide is strictly confidential and is not used to assess you personally. It provides us with useful feedback that we can use to improve the program.
Complete our Exit Survey and deliver it (by email or in person) to the Director of the Honors Program.
Once you have submitted the required documents and/or met with the Director of the Honors Program, you will be issued the Honors cord that you will wear at the Commencement ceremony.
As a candidate for the Honors Degree, your name will be listed in the Commencement Program as such. Honors Degree candidates are also given special acknowledgement during the graduation ceremony.
Graduating with an Honors Degree is a special achievement. On our Honors Alumnus Search page, we feature complete listings of students who have successfully graduated with honors. Your name, your level of honors, your major, the title of your thesis, and the name of your advisor will all be displayed.
If you wish for us to remove your name from this listing, please inform us upon your graduation.