The Stephens Scholars Plan inducted 36 freshmen during a pinning ceremony Saturday that corresponded with Family Weekend.
The ceremony, held in Historic Senior Hall, gave inductees and family members a chance to celebrate high-achieving students and to meet honors faculty. Although it’s changed name and scope over the years, the honors plan dates back more than 50 years at Stephens. It allows academically talented students to take honors-level courses together in a challenging yet supportive environment.
Junior Khyneesha Edwards, a former scholar who has since received a Dorothy Martin Endowed Scholarship, urged inductees to share their successes and take leadership roles.
“Kudos to you all for having recognizable talent and owning it,” she said. “As women, sometimes it is easy for us to downplay our talents and shrink in the background while someone else takes the light. … Keep recognizing your inner potential and bring it to the forefront in everything you do.”
After outlining a list of hilarious “What Others Think I Do at Stephens College,”—highlighting inaccurate stereotypes about women’s colleges—sophomore Juliana Hitchcock challenged first-year students to finish the meme.
“Avail yourself of the academic and social opportunities, reach out to make new friends, test your theories and ideas in a roundtable discussion one night and write your own segment of the ‘What I really do at Stephens College’ meme,” she said.
The hour-long ceremony was just one highlight of Family Weekend, which welcomed parents, siblings and other family members to campus. Visitors also enjoyed presentations from students about leadership opportunities on campus, Study Abroad and internship experiences and Stephens Stars Athletics.
The weekend concluded with a campus-wide barbecue at the President’s Home.
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