Select Page

Honors Convocation

The Honors  Convocation is our signature annual gathering of new and returning Honors students, faculty and staff, the Honors Council, University Honors Student Association members, our many partners across campus, and Honors Alumni.

This celebration as we begin each academic year features the latest program news, upcoming events, special announcements, delicious food, and a guest speaker.

Fall 2022 Honors Convocation

Please join us on Thursday, September 22, in Reeve Union 227 at 5:00 as we begin 2022-2023! This year’s keynote will be presented by Mr. Courtney Bauder, Director of the Social Justice Program: 






Previous Honors Convocations:


Fall 2019 Honors Convocation

Dr. Robbie Wagoner, Department of Philosophy

“What Should We Tell Ourselves? Ancient Philosophers on the Power (and Danger) of Storytelling”

Thursday, September 26, at 5PM

Reeve Union 227










Fall 2018 Honors Convocation

Dr. Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers, Department of Economics and recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award                                                           

“A Moving Year”

Thursday, September 27, at 5PM

Reeve Memorial Union 227C




Fall 2017 Honors Convocation

Dr. John Koker, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, presented the first Convocation keynote since the official founding of The Honors College.

“Shadows, Sticks, and Shouting: An Exploration of Creativity and Ingenuity”

Tuesday, September 19, at 5PM

Reeve Memorial Union 227AB



Fall 2016 Honors Convocation

We celebrated our fourteenth Honors Convocation—and the thirty-fifth anniversary of Honors education at UW Oshkosh!—on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The audience was captivated by a thought-provoking keynote by Dr. Roberta Maguire, Professor and Chair, Department of English, and Director of the Honors Program from 2003 through 2012, who presented “Cultivating Curiosity: The Example of Albert Murray.”



Fall 2015 Honors Convocation

Dr. Norlisha Crawford, Department of English and Director of the African American Studies Program

“Meditations on the Nexus of Race, Identity, and Courage in the U.S. in the 21st Century”

Wednesday, September 16, at 5PM

Pollock House





Fall 2014 Honors Convocation

Dr. Suzanne Marnocha, College of Nursing

“Honoring Our Family Stories”

Wednesday, September 17, at 5PM

Reeve Union 306


Fall 2013 Honors Convocation

Dr. Stephen Szydlik, Department of Mathematics and Chair of the University Honors Council

“Taking the Scenic Route: Roadside Attractions, Discrete Mathematics, and Your Honors Experience”

Thursday, September 19, at 5PM

Pollock House





Fall 2012 Honors Convocation

Dr. Marguerite Helmers, Department of English

“’There and Back Again’: Travel and Scholarship”

Tuesday, September 18, at 5PM

Pollock House


Fall 2011 Honors Convocation

Dr. Dennis Rioux, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Is the Honors Program There When No One Looks? Learning via Quantum Entanglement”

Monday, September 19, at 5PM

Pollock House







Fall 2010 Honors Convocation

Dr. Don Dingledine, Department of English

“‘In landlessness alone resides the highest truth’; or, At Sea with the UHP”

Thursday, September 23, at 5PM

Pollock House











Fall 2009 Honors Convocation

Dr. Laurence Carlin, Department of Philosophy

“Uncomfortable Choices: Making the Honors Program—and Your Head—a Happy Place to Live”

Tuesday, September 22, at 5PM

Pollock House








Fall 2008 Honors Convocation

Dr. Simon Sibelman, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Professor of French and Holocaust Studies

“Responsibility in an Irresponsible World”

Thursday, September 18, at 5PM

Pollock House








Fall 2007 Honors Convocation

Dr. Todd Sandrin, Department of Biology

“(Nearly) Everything I Wish I Had Known When I Was Where You Are”

Wednesday, September 19, at 5PM

Pollock House




Fall 2006 Honors Convocation

Dr. Marshall Missner, Department of Philosophy

“The Secret Life of Honors Classes”

Thursday, September 21, at 5PM

Pollock House


Fall 2005 Honors Convocation

Dr. Franca Barricelli, Department of History

“Forgetting Your Career: Making the Most of the University Honors Program”


Fall 2004 Honors Convocation

Dr. Susan McFadden, Department of Psychology

“Spaces, Times, and Relationships: What You Will Remember from Your Years at UW Oshkosh”


Fall 2003 Honors Convocation

Dr. Baron Perlman, Department of Psychology