LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will no longer hold a university-wide honors convocation to recognize its high-level academic achievers.

The convocation will be replaced with smaller, more intimate ceremonies hosted by individual colleges, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .

The ceremony held about two weeks before commencement wasn’t well-attended, said Annette Wetzel, the university’s director of special events.

“All the deans were in agreement and a lot of them were already doing their own things within their own colleges,” she said.

Wetzel said the event had undergone several transformations in its 90-year history, becoming a source of confusion for students and families. The ceremony also became a hardship for many who had to travel long distances to Lincoln twice in one month.

The College of Arts and Sciences will recognize the top 10 percent of its students at its annual Celebration of Excellence event on April 27.

The college has been making the ceremony more student-focused in recent years, said Terri Pieper, the college’s communication director.

“In the last few years, we’ve added senior reflections where we select graduating seniors who represent humanities, social, mathematical and natural sciences to share moments from their college experience,” Pieper said.

The College of Business pushed its honors convocation to the fall to consider students’ final spring semester grades, according to Sheri Irwin-Gish, the college’s executive director of communications, marketing and external relations.

Wetzel said the university is “hoping this will be better for students and parents, and just a better experience for all.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com