New YSU Honors College hosts first recognition ceremony

Honors College LogoMore than 150 students, faculty and alumni will be honored at Youngstown State University’s first ever Honors College Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The event is designed as a tool to congratulate students for their accomplishments in Honors.

“Our students constantly amaze me with what they accomplish, whether it is in the classroom, elsewhere on campus or serving our community,” said Amy Cossentino, assistant director in the Honors College. “We are so pleased to offer this ceremony as a means of publicly recognizing all that these students do.”

Those completing their first year in the Honors College will receive a certificate of membership. Students completing 12 hours of honors credit will receive a pin. Graduating seniors will receive a medallion from the dean of their respective college.

Special awards will also be given to students for superior academic achievement, leadership and community service. Faculty members who have made significant contributions to Honors will be recognized. An alumni award will be given to an Honors graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to helping current students develop and grow.

In addition to the awards, students’ scholarly work will be showcased, and members of the Honors College will provide entertainment. President Jim Tressel, Interim Provost Martin Abraham and faculty member Brett Conner of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will make remarks. Students are invited to attend with their families to share in the celebration. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Members of the public and the media are also invited. Free parking will be provided in the M24 parking lot on Fifth Avenue—inform the attendant you are attending the Honors College Recognition Ceremony.

The Honors program at YSU has had a rich history since its inception in 1977. The program transformed into the Honors College last December, and the search for a dean of the college is currently underway. Membership in the Honors College demonstrates a commitment to academic and professional preparation focused on Engagement, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Leadership, Research and Scholarship, and Global Citizenship. Upon completion of the program requirements, those graduating will be recognized with the Honors diploma and a special notation on their transcript.

For more information, contact Amy Cossentino at or 330.941.2772.