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Light the Tower: Celebrating Honors Day Scholars

Congratulations Honors Day 2021 scholars!

The UT Tower will shine with burnt orange lights Saturday, April 10 to celebrate the 2021 Honors Day scholars.

Introduced in 1948 and celebrated every year since, Honors Day recognizes the accomplishments of the highest achieving students at The University of Texas at Austin — those who have earned their distinction as College Scholars or Distinguished College Scholars.

The deepest purpose of the university is to unlock the potential of our students.  Honors Day is an opportunity to celebrate those students who not only reached their potential but surpassed it — elevating themselves to the very highest levels of academic accomplishment.

Traditionally, Honors Day includes an in-person ceremony at which families and student honorees gather to celebrate the occasion.  And while current campus restrictions do not allow for an in-person ceremony, 2021 scholars and their families are invited to join a virtual program hosted by President Hartzell.

As a part of Honors Day, each scholar receives a set of honors cords and Distinguished College Scholars receive commemorative medallions that can be worn with academic regalia at Commencement.  Those materials will be sent to honorees directly, along with a certificate recognizing this distinctive academic accomplishment.  Recognition as an Honors Day scholar is included as an official entry on university transcripts.

Congratulations to the 2021 College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars.


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