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Honors Pillars


Director's Message

Clay MotleyI am pleased to welcome you to the Honors Program at Florida Gulf Coast University.  This is an exciting time as our successful program of over 750 students transitions to an Honors College for the Fall 2017 semester.  As an Honors College, we will offer students increased ability to take Honors courses related to their major, enhanced opportunities to conduct research or study abroad, and additional resources dedicated to our students’ academic success.

The Honors Program encourages and supports students increasingly taking an active and creative role in their education, thereby gaining the skills and experiences that will transform their lives and prepare them for success after graduation.  Honors students have opportunities to work closely with faculty mentors, be inspired by fellow Honors students, engage in research projects and creative activities, study abroad, create substantial service projects, and become leaders in the program and throughout campus.  In short, at the time Honors students graduate from FGCU, they have much more than just good grades and a diploma; they are able to demonstrate that they are self-motivated scholars and leaders that make a difference in the world. 

The Honors Program community is only what our students make of it.  Each Honors student has the ability and responsibility to add to this program, teach others, and leave his or her own mark.  I hope you will take the opportunity to visit the Honors Program in person (which you can schedule here) to learn more about our unique community, and I hope you will consider joining us.

Clay Motley, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program
Associate Professor of English

Important Dates


November 14th: Signature Event- Honors Gives Thanks

November 24-25th: Honors Office Closed for Thanksgiving

December 2nd: Honors Contract Completion Verification Due

December 3rd: Last Day of Classes for Fall

December 10th: Fall Cording Ceremony