For more than three decades, the University of Houston’s Honors College has kicked off the academic year with a special gathering of faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. The annual Fall Convocation marks the beginning of a new year with ceremony and celebration, bringing distinguished lecturers to campus and recognizing student achievement.
This year’s event is Sept. 1 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton University of Houston and will feature keynote speaker Keith P. Ellison, judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. The event is open to all members of the UH community.
“In a dynamic, comprehensive university like ours, it's important to have the chance to come together and celebrate our common enterprise,” said Bill Monroe, dean of UH’s Honors College. “The Fall Convocation kicks off the academic year by bringing us all together and welcoming new students to the university community.”
Ellison was named “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and is a recent recipient of the Samuel Pessara Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. This award recognizes a state or federal judge for outstanding service on the bench. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute and a director of the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Association. Ellison earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and received his law degree from Yale University. He also attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar.
Guests can RSVP online at http://TheHonorsCollege.com/convocation. To learn more about this event and other programs sponsored by the Honors College, visit http://TheHonorsCollege.com.
The Honors College at the University of Houston is a hub of excellence that serves the needs of gifted undergraduates in more than 100 fields of study and reflects the rich diversity of the University of Houston in its courses, faculty, and students. For over 50 years, the Honors College has offered students the best of both worlds: the advantages of a small college together with the comprehensive resources and rich diversity of a large university. For more information about the Honors College, visit http://TheHonorsCollege.com.