All Smiles at UW Honors' 2016 Celebration of Distinction

Jun 23, 2016

On the morning of June 10 we celebrated over 100 talented, committed undergraduate students from disciplines across campus as they transitioned into new alumni of UW Honors. 

At Honors' annual Celebration of Distinction (affectionately known as "The CoD") students, families and friends come together with faculty, staff, and alumni of the University at a special brunch with live music, awards, inspiring speeches, and a cording procession administered by Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Ed Taylor. Special guest speakers included Distinguished Alumna Justice Bobbe Bridge ('68), scholarship recipient Tressa Thomas ('17), and keynote speaker Stella Jones ('16).

Learn more about some of the newest Husky Honors alumni by perusing these student profiles that were on display at the Celebration.

Finally, see how much fun we had in our Facebook photo album! Special thanks to Ryan Luk (UW Honors) and Josh Burke (Grad Images) for capturing the magic. 


To our graduates: We are grateful to have taken part in the education of so many wonderful people and will miss you dearly! Don't lose touch with your friends from Honors. Keep coming to our events, join up as an alumni mentor, or find other ways to stay involved with our community of learners for life.

2015-16 Honors Grad Profiles

Jun 13, 2016
2016 grad collage

The Honors Program salutes its graduates!

Please join us in celebrating University of Washington's Honors graduates for the 2015-16 school year. On our Honors Grads page will find a list of some Interdisciplinary, Departmental, and College Honors students who are completing their degrees here at the University of Washington. We invite you to view their profiles to find out more about these remarkable individuals and their exciting plans for the future. Congratulations to all!


The Honors Staff

Party with Portfolios in late May/early June!

May 16, 2016

Colin and Alex invited thier folks to last quarter's Portfolio Celebrations and everybody was happy!

students and families 496 

Mary Gates Hall 211  - breakout room/presenter details below 
Weds May 25 and June 1, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Thurs May 26 and June 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." 

                                               - Thomas Paine

Beginning in their first quarter, UW Interdisciplinary and College Honors candidates reflect on the undergraduate research, social life, experiential learning, and coursework that will have the greatest impact on their choices, moving forward. These online portfolios encourage students to reflect on experiences and questions that are essential for lifelong learning and global citizenship.

All are invited into the secret lives of Honors students as they present these reflections during a series of four special events at the end of spring quarter. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Bonderman Fellows!

Apr 15, 2016

Congratulations to the fifteen University of Washington students awarded 2016 Bonderman Travel Fellowships! These fellowships will enable them to embark on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to two regions and six countries of the world.

While traveling, students may not pursue academic study, projects, or research. Established in 1995, this fellowship aims to expose students to the intrinsic, often life-changing, benefits of international travel.

Peer Mentors Help New Students Imagine Themselves as Honors Huskies

Apr 7, 2016

Honors Peer Mentors enjoy a homemade trifle with hosts Robin & Bob Stacey at a Spring Appreciation Dinner - April 2, 2016

Spring is a great time at the University of Washington! New students and families are attending info sessions and touring campus, while our graduating seniors speed towards their own big transitions — all against the backdrop of our famously beautiful cherry blossoms. Amidst all the activity, it would be easy to feel overwhelmed as a young person at the start of your college career. Luckily, there is a group of Honors students making time to personalize UW.

Honors Peer Mentors share their experiences and insights with incoming freshmen eager to find out what's special about being an Honors Husky. As one of the first people new students connect with, Honors Peer Mentors are making an important contribution to our close-knit community of interdisciplinary learners. We were excited to thank them this year with a special dinner hosted by Honors Hanauer Professor Robin Stacey and her husband Bob Stacey, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The Staceys led the dinner guests through a quick demo on how to combine the wealth of ingredients on the table into their own unique spring rolls — a perfect choice for interdisciplinary students used to grabbing knowledge from many places to develop fresh insights and well-informed personal approaches to learning! Conversation ranged from how the undergraduate experience has changed over the past decades to which celebrity couples are most inspiring to students. It was a wonderful evening!

Peer Mentors who couldn't make it to the first engagement caught up for pizza the following week and shared ideas about how to help new students overcome their shyness and what kind of events are the most conducive to build community. Many Peer Mentors will be coming to the next Honors Hearth event on April 21 and encouraging their mentees to attend and get social with others in our community. 

UW Honors received approximately 4,000 applications to our undergraduate interdisciplinary program this year and we expect approximately 225 new students to matriculate with us this fall. Student volunteers like our Peer Mentors make a huge impact on our new Honors Huskies as they transition to the UW, making this change less bewildering and more human. 

Thank you, Peer Mentors! We appreciate you letting us fill your plates (both literally and figuratively).