College of Natural and Social Sciences Celebrates Student Achievements at 2024 Honors Convocation

March 18, 2024


Graphic with the words 2024 Honors Convocation


The College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) hosted its annual Honors Convocation at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on Friday, March 15, 2024, in a ceremony that spotlighted the academic achievements of its students. The event recognized undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves through their exceptional academic records and contributions to the college community.  Associate Dean Alison McCurdy opened the ceremony with heartfelt welcome remarks, expressing regret on behalf of Dean Réne Vellanoweth for his absence and extending warm congratulations to the students.

Golden Eagle Ballroom filled with students, family, faculty, and staff attending Honors Convocation


For the first time in its history, NSS introduced honors pins, a tangible symbol of the student's achievements to be proudly displayed at graduation and other significant events. This new tradition underscores the college's commitment to honoring and publicly acknowledging its students' hard work and dedication.  Graduate students were the first to be recognized, receiving Special Recognition in Graduate Studies for maintaining a grade point average of 3.8 or higher and receiving special recommendations from their departments. As announced by Associate Dean McCurdy, the criteria highlighted the rigorous standards these scholars met in pursuit of academic excellence.

Cal State LA student holding up NSS Honors Pin


Following the graduate students, undergraduates named to the Dean's List for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher were similarly honored. Associate Dean Robert Nissen detailed this distinction's criteria, emphasizing its significant academic achievement.  The ceremony was a recognition of individual achievement and a celebration of the support systems that contributed to the student's success. Associate Dean McCurdy took a moment to acknowledge the role of family, friends, faculty, and staff in supporting the students on their journey to excellence.

Group of students pose with their professors


With 533 students earning a place on the Dean's List in the Spring and Fall of 2023 and 100 graduate students receiving Special Recognition, the event marked a significant moment of pride for the College of Natural and Social Sciences.