Every year, the Honors Program holds various events for all HP students to participate in.

Every academic school year, the honors program hosts events to recognize our students.

Fall Term (August - December)

  • Annual Pinning Ceremony
  • Annual Retreat
  • Student Council Social
  • Field Trip (e.g. Downtown, etc.)

Spring Term (January - May)

  • Pizza and Ice Cream Social
  • HCIR Regional Conference
  • Spring Research Symposium
  • Annual Recognition Banquet


Annual Retreat

At the beginning of every school year the Honors Program hosts an annual team building event. It is a chance for honors students to come together to meet other students and participate in team building activities. There are many challenges the students face throughout the day and through dedicated teamwork and a bit of fun, the honors students have no problem beating the obstacles they face.

In Fall 2016, students went to downtown Chicago with the theme, "City as Text." Individuals visited various areas of the Chicago land area and shared their experiences. Components ranged from culture, people, etc.


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Annual Pinning Ceremony

Our Annual Pinning Ceremony recognizes new students into the honors program. As a social event, students are recognized among faculty, staff, and their parents. Upon recognition into the program, students receive a pin from the director.


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HP Culture Night Out

Every semester the Governors State University Honors Program partners up with The Center for Performing Arts and has a culture night for the HP students. Tickets are made available to honors students and alumni to enjoy a night out with your fellow honors program participants! Be sure to keep a look out for the email invites and take the time to enjoy a night out!

End of Year Banquet

Every April the Governors State University Honors Program holds an End of Year Celebration. It is a night of good food, good friends, and celebration! The banquet is held to recognize the honors graduates as well as other honors students who have had accomplishments throughout the school year. Be sure to come out for a much deserved night out to celebrate another year of accomplishment with the GSU honors program!

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Team Building Event - Honors Program Annual Retreat



HP Culture Night Out

Deadline to apply for University Honors Fall Graduation







HP Honors Seminar Class (each Spring Semester)



Dinner with the Dean


NCHC Conference Submissions


Deadline to apply for University Honors Spring/Summer Graduation

Alternative Spring Break



GSU Research Day - April 1st, 2016

HP Culture Night Out: Eurydice - April 2nd, 2016

Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference - April 14th - 16th, 2016

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago Volunteer Event

Governors State University Student Research Conference

End of Year Reception - April 30th, 2016 



Graduation - May 14, 2016