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Release: May 9, 2002

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to honor top graduates at May 17 reception

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has invited more than 250 of its top May graduates to the semi-annual Commencement Honors Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, May 17 in the Richey Triangle Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The reception honors students who have earned highest distinction, high distinction, distinction, or honors in a particular department, and gives them an opportunity to introduce their parents, families, and guests to collegiate faculty and administrators, including Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Maxson said she that initiated the tradition in May 1998 at the end of her first academic year at the UI to give additional recognition to the college's highest achieving students.

"These students are simply outstanding in their fields and have achieved a level of excellence that deserves extra attention," she said.

To graduate with honors, students must complete the honors requirements for their major, including an honors thesis supervised by a faculty advisor. Earning distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction depends on the student's class rank. Students in the top two percent of the class (for May 2002 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages between 3.98-4.0) earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest three percent (May 2002 GPA. 3.87-3.97) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest five percent (May 2002 GPA. 3.73-3.86) earn distinction.