Every April, the Kenyon community gathers to honor academic achievement, community service, and leadership, with the awarding of department and college-wide prizes. It's a day to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of Kenyon's talented students.

Honors Day 2024

The upcoming Honors Day ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 10:45 a.m. in Rosse Hall. The event will be livestreamed.

“Honors Day is one of those ceremonies that gives shape and cadence to the academic year. As we rush headlong into the final weeks of the academic year, this ceremony offers us an opportunity to pause to celebrate the academic achievements of our students.”

Acting President Jeff Bowman
Honors Day 2023

College and Departmental Prizes

Every major and discipline studied at the College presents at least one prize to students who have made achievements in their particular fields. While many of the students honored with departmental prizes are members of the senior class, numerous awards are given to — and, in some cases, designated specifically for — students in their first, second, or third year at Kenyon.

The recipients of College prizes, which can be awarded to any member of the student body, are determined by committee consideration or campus-wide vote. Certain academic scholarships and community recognition prizes are also formally awarded during the ceremony.

Honorary Degrees

Each year Kenyon recognizes alumni and others in the College family who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields. Honorary doctorates are awarded to these individuals to acknowledge Kenyon's pride in their contributions to society and the world.

Faculty Awards

The Trustee Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually at Honors Day to two members of the faculty — one junior (with fewer than ten years of service) and one senior (with ten years of service or more). Faculty members recognize these awards as a meaningful mark of distinction. While the final selection of winners is made by the Board of Trustees, nominations are solicited from students and faculty members alike.

Previous Ceremonies

Honors Day 2022

The 2022 ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 19, at 10:45 a.m. ET in Rosse Hall.

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Honors Day 2021

In 2021, the  Kenyon community virtually celebrated Honors Day on Tuesday, April 13.


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