In the week prior to the Marshall University Commencement each spring, the Honors College hosts the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation. The Honors Convocation is an inspiring, campus-wide celebration of outstanding undergraduate student achievement. The evening ceremony and reception recognizes not only students who will be graduating from the Honors College that year, but also students at all points in their course of study who are chosen by academic departments across the university to receive special recognition for excellence in areas of academics or service. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty to formally and publicly recognize achievements made by their students–whether or not they are in the Honors College. The college contacts departmental chairs in the first half of the spring semester to solicit nominations for honors and awards determined by each department to be given at the convocation.