Every academic year, the honors program holds various events to benefit all honors students. These range from social mixers, fundraisers, and annual recognition ceremonies. Below you will find some of these gatherings that we developed.

Fall Semester (August - December)

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

Spring Semester (January - May)

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


2017 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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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 Honors Seminar Class (HONS 4900)



Dinner with the Dean

Deadline for Spring Graduation/Commencement

HCIR Spring Symposium

NCHC Conference Submissions


Alternative Spring Break



GSU Research Day