Celebration of Excellence

2020 Celebration of Excellence
A Celebration of University Recognition and Scholarship
March 20 - April 23

Clarion University annually holds a Celebration of Excellence. The series is sponsored by Clarion University and its purpose is to honor faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students on the research and academic endeavors that they have completed throughout the academic year.

In the words of Dr. Brenda Sanders Dede; founder of the series, "We are glad to continue this program and it is very fitting at this time of year because it allows us to honor and recognize the students and all their work that they have accomplished throughout the entirety of the academic year."

Clarion University's 15th Annual celebration of excellence


International Cultural Night — An event celebrating the university's international community; 7 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Saturday, April 4

Scholar and Donor Recognition Luncheon*  — An event celebrating the donors and supporters who make
student success possible at Clarion University; 12 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.


Phi Eta Sigma Initiation Ceremony — Honors those who, at the beginning of their college careers, give promise of continued excellence in scholarship; 2 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

thursday, APRIL 9

Venango Academic Excellence Dinner* — Recognizing academic excellence and civic engagement in the community; 6 p.m., Robert W. Rhoades Lounge, Venango Campus, Oil City.


Faculty and Staff Scholarship Recognition — Recognition of faculty and staff research, scholarship, professional development, external grants and creative endeavors; 3:30 p.m., Carlson Library Center for Academic Excellence.

Wednesday, April 15

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction* — Induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools; 5 p.m. 107/108 Eagle Commons.

Reinhard Awards — Recognition of the accomplishments of students and student organizations. Hosted by Student Senate; 7 p.m. Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room; RSVP.

Friday, April 17

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Conference — Undergraduate and graduate student research presentations; 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.


Minority Student Services Recognition Dinner — Recognition of students for their achievements in academic,
leadership, athletic and service areas; 6 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Saturday, April 19

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Initiation Ceremony — The nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines; 12:30 p.m., Hart Chapel.

Academic Convocation with Refreshments — Student awards including the Syed Ali-Zaidi nominee and outstanding graduate students; at 2 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Symphonic Band Concert — 3:30 p.m., Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.


Honors Program: Senior Honors Presentations — Honors students present their capstone projects; 6 p.m., Suites on Main North Theater and Still Hall.


ROTC Leadership Excellence Awards Ceremony* — Recognizes the top 10 percent of Cadets who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership, moral character and a high aptitude for military service, as well as academic achievement and participation in campus activities; 6 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Wednesday, April 22

Inquiry Seminar Celebration of Learning — Inquiry Seminar student research presentations; 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Thursday, April 23

Ernie Awards — Clarion Athletics red carpet awards; 7 p.m., Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.

*By invitation only

Last Updated 3/4/20