West Virginia University faculty, staff and students will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and awards during annual Weekend of Honors activities April 20-22.

The events will include a University-wide convocation and individual awards ceremonies and celebrations by many of the Universitys schools and colleges.

The signature ceremony of the three-day event is the Weekend of Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Mountainlair ballrooms. As part of the ceremony, WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. will highlight the accomplishments of students and members of the University who have earned membership in honor societies and received major awards.

The people we will celebrate during the Weekend of Honors Convocation are people who have given everything they have to advance the educational process,he said.This years Weekend of Honors award recipients have set a standard of excellence that should inspire in all of usfaculty, staff and studentsthe courage to follow our dreams and the commitment to make them come true.

More than 150 students, faculty and staff members will be recognized. They include recipients of the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Awards, Ethel and Gerry Heebink Awards for Distinguished State Service, Mary Catherine Buswell Award for Outstanding Service to Women, Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice, WVU Foundation Awards for Outstanding Teaching, Harry S. Truman Scholarship and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The ceremony will feature special video highlights of honorees and musical performances by the Voci Montagne mens choir.

Families, friends and the public are invited to attend the convocation and reception that follows.

The weekend festivities continue with a Ring Day Ceremony and reception at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Erickson Alumni Center. Approximately 100 students who have purchased official WVU class rings will receive them from President Hardesty during this invitation-only event.

Additional special events that coincide with Weekend of Honors include WVU s Week of Engagement April 16-21featuring a student organization fair, community service projects and speakersand the Parents Club University April 21, a day filled with informational speakers and sessions, hosted by the Mountaineer Parents Club at WVU s Creative Arts Center.

For a complete schedule of Weekend of Honors activities, contact the WVU Office of Event Management at 304-293-8020 or visithttp://www.wvu.edu/woh.