On February 9, the NOVA Honors Program held its Spring Pinning Ceremony at the Annandale Campus where new Honors Program students and their friends and families came together with NOVA administrators and faculty to enjoy light refreshments and fellowship.
After being welcomed by President Scott Ralls, who highlighted the leadership and innovation NOVA Honors provides other two-year institutions nationwide, guests listened to a brief history of the NOVA Honors Program given by Associate Vice President of Academic Services Sheri Robertson.
Lauren Harris, special guest speaker and former NOVA Honors student, highlighted her experiences at NOVA in 2009 and her transfer experience to two Ivy League schools, Columbia and Yale University. Harris graduated from Yale with a degree in political science in May 2016. Following the speaker, the College-Wide Honors Coordinator Stacy Rice talked about all of the benefits the Honors Program offers students, including Memoranda of Understanding between NOVA’s Honors Program and the Honors Programs at seven four-year institutions. Thirty-eight of the 61 students invited were pinned by the campus Honors chairs and were inducted into the NOVA Honors Program.
The NOVA College-Wide Honors Committee would like to thank the administrators, faculty and staff who attended for their time and dedication to the Honors Program and the support of Ralls and Robertson, whose presence further illustrated NOVA’s commitment to the Honors Program.