Spring 2020 Honorees

Honors Student of the Year

Each year the Honors Program selects one person from the more than 650 students in the Honors Program who exemplifies the very best spirit of academic achievement, community citizenship, and other-oriented service the program is meant to cultivate. This student is a leader, academician, philanthropist and all around role-model for Honors.


Honors Professor of the Year

In 2017-18 the newly formed Honors Student Association (HSA) instituted the selection of an Honors Professor of the Year. Students in the HSA nominate professors based on their outstanding teaching and commitment to mentoring Honors Program students. The nominees are then offered to the entire Honors Student population who votes to select the Professor of the Year. The name of each year’s selection is added to a floating trophy that resides in the winner’s department for a year. Congratulations to the 2019-20 winner for joining what we hope will be a long list of outstanding Honors professors.


Freshman of the Year Finalists

In fall 2019 more than 350 freshmen began their journey through the Honors program. The students recognized in this category represent the very best of an already impressive group. They have ‘A’ averages and credit for multiple Honors courses. They are already founders and officers in campus organizations, student mentors and orientation leaders. Recommendations from their professors speak of them as “amazing,” “good classroom citizens,” “insightful,” “outstanding,” and “setting the bar for excellence” in their courses. Each of these Freshman of the Year Finalists represents the very best in classroom and extracurricular achievement.


Sophomore Honors Distinction

The Sophomore Honors Distinction award goes to sophomores in the Honors program who complete fifteen hours of Honors credit in three disciplines including Art, History, Literature, Rhetoric, Psychology, Mathematics and Science earning no grade lower than a ‘B’ in any of them by the end of the sophomore year.


Thirteen Club Inductees

The Thirteen Club was the first academic honor society established at Southeastern Louisiana University. Any honor society exists to recognize excellence among a group of peers. The Thirteen Club was founded by the 13 members of Southeastern’s graduating class of 1931 to celebrate students whose dedication was to this university. To be selected, a student must be a senior, have maintained at least a 3.2 overall grade point average, have never earned a grade lower than a "C" and have completed all academic work at Southeastern.


Graduating Honors Students

This is the highest achievement an Honors Program student can attain. It marks them as dedicated scholars in their chosen majors. To earn the Honors Diploma students must complete 15 hours of freshman and sophomore Honors credits, 9 hours of upper-level Honors credits in their major, HONR, or study abroad, and author and successfully defend a Senior Honors thesis. These students are on the path to graduating with the Honors Diploma this semester and will receive two silver honors cords to wear at graduation marking their achievement.