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Academic Excellence Weekend

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Schedule of Events | Parking Directions 

Student academic excellence is at the heart of our university’s mission and our work as scholars and educators. We are committed to celebrating student achievement and building the campus culture that spurs our students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to cultivate their own creative and scholarly voices and to aspire to make their own marks as researchers, artists, and scholars. Knowing that you share these commitments, we ask that you encourage your students to participate in the weekend's activities.

The weekend will feature several honor society inductions (including Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu); the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium; Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research; a lunch honoring both the students formerly recognized at the Honors Convocation and those who received Dean's List honors last academic year; and additional activities highlighting our students' academic accomplishments.

Please contact Academic Affairs if you are interested in hosting an event during Academic Excellence Weekend.

Inductee and participant lists only include students who allow their directory information to be shared. It may not be a comprehensive list of all students being inducted in a particular society or participating in an event.

2024 Schedule of Events*

*by invitation only

Friday, April 19

2:30 - 6 p.m.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Colloquium

Once a year, Loyola University Maryland hosts a campus-wide forum highlighting undergraduate student research. The goal of the Colloquium is to encourage scholastic endeavors that focus on the generation of new knowledge and the creative integration of existing scholarship. Please visit the USRSC website for more information.

Oral Presentations
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Social Sciences Session 1 in Beatty Hall 106  

Social Sciences Session 2 in Beatty Hall 108        

Natural & Applied Sciences Session in Beatty Hall 112

Humanities & Fine Arts in Beatty Hall 114 

Poster Presentations and Reception
3:00 - 6 p.m.

3:00-3:30 pm · McGuire Hall East - Poster Judging (Presenters and Judges Only)

3:30-5:30 pm · McGuire Hall East- Poster presentations and reception (Open to Public)
Poster Judging Continues

5:30-6:00 pm · McGuire Hall West - Awards Ceremony  

Beatty Hall and McGuire Hall        


3-4:30 p.m.

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Honor Society Induction*

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. There are currently 13,000 members with chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities. NSSLHA chapter allows members to collaborate as rising clinicians and provide one another with information and support to advance our clinical knowledge and experience. Together the NSSLHA chapter at Loyola allows members to share experiences and collaborate as a group to form a strong community with our peers as well as with the greater community.


4th Floor Program Room Andrew White Student Center

6 - 8 p.m.

Emerging Scholars Graduate Symposium

Loyola graduate students and recent graduate alumni will present research posters at the eleventh annual “Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research". A poster session allows most presenters a forum to informally present their work to the Loyola community.  Selected students in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program will conduct a brief oral presentation. The celebration of research also features an awards ceremony and a wine and cheese reception, creating a perfect setting to allow attendees to view presenters' posters, ask questions, and discuss ideas. Please visit the Emerging Scholars website for more information.

3rd Floor Andrew White Student Center

Saturday, April 20

 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kappa Delta Pi Induction*

The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.

 Knott Hall B01
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Gratias *

The 30th annual Gratias Ceremony recognizes Loyola students who embody our University values of academics, leadership, and service. Selected students and their families will receive a formal invitation in mid-March. We look forward to celebrating those that excel on campus and the Baltimore community.

Alumni Memorial Chapel
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction*

Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. Inducted as students, BGS members go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, non-profit, and academic sectors. Members currently reside in all 50 U. S. states and more than 190 countries. Notable members include Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, inventors, CEOs of major global companies and nonprofit organizations, deans of the top business schools, and others who are making the world a better place at all levels of contribution through social enterprise, service, and leadership.

McGuire Hall West 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction*

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s most prestigious honor society, known for recognizing academic excellence on 293 select campuses across the nation. More than 500,000 members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  On campuses and in communities, the work of the Society now attests to the lifelong value of an education that fosters scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, critical thinking, and creative endeavor for all. 

Induction Ceremony
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hug Lounge and Refectory

Alumni Memorial Chapel & Hug Lounge and Refectory
 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Financial Management Association Banquet *

Established in 1970, the FMA is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. The mission of the FMA is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance.

4th Floor Program Room Andrew White Student Center
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Global Studies Poster Session

Capstone projects are showcased in an annual poster session. For the capstone, Global Studies seniors work together with community partners to develop a project that applies a local solution to a global issue.

McGuire Hall East
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Psi Chi Induction*

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

4th Floor Program Room Andrew White Student Center

Sunday, April 21

10:30 am - Noon

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction*

Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

Knott Hall B03
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Academic Excellence Luncheon *

A signature event during Loyola's Academic Excellence Weekend, this luncheon is a chance for the Loyola community to recognize students formerly recognized at the Honors Convocation, students who have received Dean's List honors during both the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as to celebrate all participants in Academic Excellence Weekend.

Reitz Arena
2 - 3 p.m 

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction*

The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. UPE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and has chapters in more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and overseas.

Sellinger VIP Lounge
2 - 4 p.m.

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction*

Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.

Induction Ceremony
2 - 3 p.m.

3 - 4 p.m. 

Alumni Memorial Chapel and Patio


Parking Information for Families and Guests

Parking will be available on North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane as well as in the Butler and Triangle parking lots.