The people who put West Virginia University on the map will get their moment in the spotlight during Weekend of Honors April 15-17.

The annual event will feature three days of recognition ceremonies, special commemorations, the presentation of class rings and more.

Weekend of Honors is one of our more cherished traditions at WVU because it brings the University community together to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,President David C. Hardesty Jr. said.

Colleges, schools and units will have recognition ceremonies for students, faculty, staff and their families throughout the week and weekend.

Two public events highlight activities Friday, April 15.

An honorary recognition ceremony will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. WVU officials will recognize between 120 and 135 students inducted into three honoraries: Helvetia, for sophomores; Chimes, juniors; and Mortar Board, a national senior honorary. Membership is based on academic merit, leadership and service.

The Weekend of Honors convocation will be at 7 p.m. in the Ballrooms. The ceremony, presided over by President Hardesty, showcases the outstanding accomplishments of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Other events include dedication of a historical marker for WVU s first medical campus, The Hick House, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, on the slope between Woodburn Hall and the Business and Economics Building; and a 25 th anniversary celebration for the Center for Womens Studies at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, in Elizabeth Moore Hall.

Those in town for the weekend can catch a preview of the 2005 Mountaineer football team during the annual Gold-Blue intrasquad game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Milan Puskar Stadium. Admission is $5, and proceeds go to WVU Children =s Hospital. Call 1-800-WVU-GAME for more information.

Some 115 students who have purchased the official class ring can pick them up at a special ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Erickson Alumni Center. Hardesty will present the rings, and he and his wife, Susan, will serve as hosts at a reception for students and their families.

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