From Staff Reports

The Honors College at East Tennessee State University will recognize students for superior achievement during the annual Academic Excellence Convocation on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

A total of 126 students graduating from special programs — University Honors Scholars, Midway Honors Scholars, Fine and Performing Arts Honors Scholars, Honors-in-Discipline Scholars, and Roan Leadership Scholars—will be recognized and awarded stoles from their respective programs. Fifty-three students will receive the Faculty Award as the most outstanding graduates in their respective degree programs. Faculty Awards are determined by vote of the faculty in each program, and recipients receive specially engraved medallions. Other graduating students achieving a 3.5 to 4.0 grade point average, denoting cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude academic standing, will be recognized and honored as well.

The speaker for the event is ETSU Honors College graduate James Cronin. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy and speech at ETSU in 2004, Cronin completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville in 2007, where he received the Warren Oates Award for outstanding contributions to the theatre program and for the promise of making significant contributions to the artistic community.

In 2008 Cronin moved to New York City where he regularly worked on stages in the city as well as around the country. In New York, he met the executive director at Audible Studios, who led him into a career as an audiobook narrator. Cronin has now narrated over 300 books, including many listed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. This year he won an Earphones Award for his narration of a social sciences book, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award, the industry’s top honor, for his work on a thriller titled “The Short Drop.”

The 2017 ETSU Academic Excellence Convocation is free and open to the public. Family and friends of the students being recognized are encouraged to attend. A special reception, sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Foundation, will be held for students, families and attending faculty after the ceremony in the Culp Center Alumni Gallery and foyer. Entertainment will be provided by one of the ETSU bluegrass bands.

For more information or for special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Honors College office at 439-6076.