Near the end of the spring semester, shortly before the Marshall University Commencement, the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation provides an inspiring, campus-wide celebration of exceptional undergraduate student achievement. Named in 1994 for an extraordinary friend of Marshall, the evening ceremony and reception has always been a means to publicly recognize graduating students that complete a distinct curriculum of honors coursework in addition to their major programs. It is also a way to provide students at all points in their course of study special recognition and commendation for clearly and effectively demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, research, or service. The college contacts departmental chairs in the first half of the spring semester to solicit nominations for honors and awards that are determined by each department to be presented at the convocation.
In Spring 2020, the Honors College began archiving the present year program on Marshall Digital Scholar and will work to scan copies of past year print programs produced for the convocation. Programs for 2019 and 2018 are electronic copies as originally produced for print production.