Outstanding students and faculty members will be recognized during Convocation of Scholars events in April at Arkansas State University.

This year's Convocation of Scholars is the 40th edition of a long-standing A-State tradition.  The first Convocation of Scholars, in 1979, featured President Carl Whillock's investiture activities, which included public addresses by former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and then-Gov. Bill Clinton.

The month of Convocation of Scholars events will culminate with the presentation of the R. E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award and the Distinguished Service Awards at a campus ceremony on Thursday, April 26.  The Wilson Award and DSAs are A-State's top awards for graduating students.

The eighth annual "Create@State: A Symposium of Research, Scholarship and Creativity," involves scores of students in scholarly and artistic presentations Monday through Wednesday, April 16-18, in the Carl R. Reng Student Union. Details are online.

Faculty Honors Convocation will be Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  Recipients of the Faculty Achievement Awards in teaching, scholarship, professional service and academic advising will be announced, and retiring faculty members will be recognized for their service to Arkansas State.

Delta Symposium XXIIII, an academic conference with this year's theme, "Discovering the Region's Voices," will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 11-14, concluding with the Roots Music Festival in Jonesboros’  City Water and Light Park on April 14.  The symposium schedule is online.

Create@State, the Faculty Honors Convocation, and Delta Symposium are open to the public.

The Excellence in Diversity awards reception will start at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 19, conducted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Academic units have scheduled recognition ceremonies as follows (in alpha order):

·         College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology banquet (agriculture and technology awards), 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24;

·         College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology banquet (engineering awards), 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 2;

·         College of Business honors banquet, 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 9;

·         College of Education and Behavioral Science honors banquet, 6 p.m., Monday, April 9;

·         College of Liberal Arts and Communication honors awards ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10;

·         College of Nursing and Health Professions honors banquet, 6 p.m., Monday, April 23;

·         College of Sciences and Mathematics honors reception, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19; and

·         Undergraduate Studies honors reception, 2 p.m., Thursday, April 26.

Other scheduled recognition events, conducted by honor societies and departments, are: Beta Gamma Sigma induction, 5:30 p.m., April 9; Kappa Tau Alpha induction, 5:45 p.m., April 11; Music Department Honors Recital,7:30 p.m., April 9; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society initiation banquet, 6:30 p.m., April 16; and Mossie Richmond-Afak Haydar International Student Scholarship awards dinner, 5:30 p.m., April 12.

Many of the awards ceremonies are ticketed.  For details about specific events, one may call the respective department or consult the Convocation of Scholars website and university calendar.