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Civic Engagement Initiatives

» Civic Honors

Civic Engagement Initiatives selects and publicly recognizes graduating students who have committed to meaningful public service or otherwise strengthened civic life on and off campus during their tenure at Chapman University. Available to undergraduate and graduate students, a recognition of civic honors is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect achievements in support of Chapman University’s mission of global citizenship and strengthen a network of engaged alumni who share and act on that mission.

To be considered for civic honors, students must demonstrate an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and leadership. The application for civic honors collects information about relevant academic and civic experiences through which a meaningful social impact was achieved and through which the students’ development as an active citizen was advanced. Strong applications will show a demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and leadership through traditional volunteer service to the local, national, or global community; through research that has a strong civic or public applicability; through engagement in advocacy or political processes; or through other forms of engagement, including internships and paid positions. Applicants must possess a strong academic record that demonstrates an integration of their academic and public lives.

Applications for 2021 graduates will open in Spring 2021


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Eligibility and Benefits

To be eligible for civic honors:

  • You must be a graduating student.
  • You must have completed two courses related to civic engagement, with a minimum course grade of 3.0 in each class. Do not submit courses for which you do not currently have a grade on your transcript, including courses in which you are currently enrolled.
  • You must have been involved in at least three civic experiences during your time as a student at Chapman University.

The benefits of civic honors include:

  • A certificate of recognition
  • A civic honors pin to wear on your commencement gown
  • Being named a civic honors recipient on the university website and in other institutional outlets
  • A connection to the Civic Honors Network, an alumni group committed to civic engagement