In previous years, the Honors College officially welcomed its new class of students in a ceremony that included addresses by a distinguished guest, a student, and campus officials, as well as an activity led by the Honors College Ambassadors, whereby incoming students are introduced to promises and values of the Honors College.
The ceremony’s highlights, however, are the Student and Keynote speeches. The Director of the Honors College invited honors faculty to nominate a current honors student and a distinguished individual to each deliver an address intended to impart wisdom, inspiration, humor, engagement, perspective, and the sense of community that is the Honors College at Mizzou.
Induction Ceremony Keynote Speakers
The ceremony has often been headlined by some very distinguished keynote speakers, who bring honor and wisdom to the event as they provide the right touch that helps us launch our academic year.
2016 — Governor (MO) Jay Nixon, ’78 and Mrs. Georganne Nixon, ’78
2015 — Mr. John Wright
2014 — Dr. Bill Bondeson
Induction Ceremony Student Speeches
Students have delivered speeches so memorable, we decided to archive them here, where all our website guests may read and be inspired by them.
2016 Honors College Induction Ceremony Speech
By Breanna Carter – Kirkland, WA
2015 Honors College Induction Ceremony Speech
By Daniela Vidal – Peoria, IL
2014 Honors College Induction Ceremony Speech
By Rachel Koehn – Houston, TX
2013 Honors College Induction Ceremony Speech
By Azeem Khan – Columbia, MO
2012 Honors College Induction Ceremony Speech
By Alyson Germinder – Merriam, KS