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Honors Capstone

Graduating senior, Kelsey O’Connor, accepts her Richard L. Blanton Outstanding Capstone Award during the Spring 2023 University Honors Program recognition ceremony as Honors Program Assistant Director, Carolyn Veale, relays O’Connor’s Capstone title and the nature of her undergraduate research.

Every University Honors Program student admitted prior to the Fall of 2022 completes either an Honors Capstone project or a Portfolio. The Capstone is a culminating experience, a project that demonstrates a student has developed an integrated understanding of their major field of study and can apply the tools and modes of inquiry of that field, thereby generating new knowledge.

Students admitted to either the University Scholars Program (prior to Fall of 2022) or the University Honors Program (Fall of 2022 or later) are invited to complete a Capstone project as well, if they so choose, and can earn two High Impact Experience credits for doing so.

Getting Started

University Honors Program students come from every college and hence represent a wide diversity of disciplines, each of which has its own unique modes of inquiry and means of presenting new knowledge. Therefore, it is impossible to define a single means for completing the University Honors Program Capstone. To get started, students should review the Capstone Student Guidelines and Capstone Proposal Form, discuss possible Capstone mentorship with a faculty, staff, or professional community member within the intended Capstone’s field of discipline, and share the Capstone Mentor Guidelines with the intended mentor.


The proposal is due by no later than the 20th day of class two semesters prior to a student’s graduation date. May graduates should submit the proposal by the 20th day of class in the Fall term. For December graduates, the proposal must be submitted by the 20th day of class in the Spring term.

Related Forms

All additional pertinent materials can be found on the Important Forms page on our website.