MARQUETTE – Of the 18 students from Northern Michigan University’s honors program who graduated in May, four received full honors—a rare occurrence in the program’s history.
They are: Anne Magnuson from Ringle, Wis.; Nicole Fadellin from Wauconda, Ill.; Janeanne Belmore from Independence, Mo.; and Jane Stieber from Boyne City, Mich. They completed all four years of the honors program – a series of interdisciplinary and department-based courses designed for academically talented students – in addition to meeting the university’s regular graduation requirements,.
For full honors, students earn 24 credits of liberal studies credit by completing interdisciplinary core courses in the first and second years. In the third and fourth years, they complete 12 credits of contract courses that count toward liberal studies, major, and/or minor requirements. They enroll in the senior capstone experience their final year, completing an independently designed research project.
The majority of students in the honors program only complete either the lower-division or the upper-division honors, said program director Robert Goodrich.
“The program is relatively new and has only been running at full speed for six years, which means that few students have had the opportunity to graduate with full honors until now,” Goodrich said. “Also, the demands of the program require that students show ability not only in their major, but also in humanities, foreign languages and mathematics. Not every student, even gifted ones, can meet this demand.”
The NMU honors program accepts a maximum of 50 students per year. These students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 27. They must also provide two letters of reference and write a personal essay.