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Honors Convocation

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Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Harwood Arena

Invitations will be sent via Kean email to those students who meet the following qualifications:

A cumulative grade point average of 3.45 or better, who have completed a minimum of 45 semester hours at Kean by the end of the fall semester of their senior year.

Summa Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.85-4.00

Magna Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.65-3.84

Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.45-3.64

The Honors Convocation will proceed in the following manner. Honor students will assemble in the Harwood Arena parking lot no later than 1:30 p.m. (rain or shine) in the special areas designated by college. Family and guests should go directly inside the Arena to be seated.

During the Convocation, honor students will walk across the stage to receive a certificate cover from their college dean and the president. To help announce each name, students should bring an index card with their name printed in large type (with phonetic pronunciation as needed).

NOTE: certificates will be mailed at the end of the semester, contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 3.45 or higher.

Suggested Attire: business casual


Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Richman, Ph.D.

Jeremy Richman photoDr. Jeremy Richman is a neuro-pharmacologist with more than 20 years of research and drug discovery experience. His studies span the range from neuroscience to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. He is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives and is dedicated to engaging and educating youth, believing that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years. Most importantly, he believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. Following the murder of his six year old daughter, Avielle, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Murders, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community engagement, and education. Dr. Richman serves as the CEO of the Avielle Foundation and has a Faculty Lecturer appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine.

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