Induction Ceremony


About the Ceremony

This ceremony is the formal induction into the Honors College, where students will receive their Honors College pin. Much like the medal bestowed at graduation, this pin signifies membership within the Honors College.

The Honors College medals and pins are not only emblems of membership, but they also serve as recognition of the achievements and the rich undergraduate experiences that students will receive here at Auburn University. Students should take pride in these items as they are a physical embodiment of their time and hard work.

During the ceremony attendees will hear from past and current students who will share their Honors College experiences and observations.

Our special guests for this year's ceremony will be Auburn University Provost and Vice-President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Katherine Maddox Davis, and Tim Keeter. Our emcees are Honors College students Kaitlyn Conner and Jack Janik.

Dates and Times

The ceremony will take place Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2 pm. Please arrive early in order to check-in and find a seat.


Address: Bill Hardgrave

Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in January, 2018. He served as dean of the Harbert College of Business from August 2010 through December 2017.

As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 12 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Harbert and his wife, Kathryn, also contributed an additional $15 million in 2016 in support of a graduate business building that is expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

While serving as dean, Hardgrave launched the Auburn University RFID (radio frequency identification) Lab, Geospatial Research and Applications Center, and the Center for Supply Chain Innovation. Hardgrave also oversaw the creation of new academic programs, including an initial Business Analytics undergraduate major, a PhD program in Finance, and an online MS in Finance. Under Hardgrave, the college received external validation of its academic programs, including Top 10 national rankings for the undergraduate Supply Chain Management program, the online MBA program, the online Master of Accountancy program, the online MS in Finance and the online MS in Information Systems.

Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Hardgrave held the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and served as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the University’s RFID Research Center.

Hardgrave has published several books and more than 85 articles in leading journals such as MIS QuarterlyProduction & Operations ManagementJournal of Management Information Systems, and the European Journal of Information Systems. Hardgrave's research has been cited in the Wall Street JournalCNNBusinessWeek, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, among others. In recognition for his contributions, Bill has received the Ted Williams Award from AIM Global as the most influential researcher in the field of RFID and the Special Achievement award from RFID Journal for his overall impact on the field. He is a highly sought after speaker – delivering almost 200 invited talks across the globe to a total audience in excess of 35,000.

Alumni Speaker: Katherine Maddox Davis

Katherine Maddox Davis is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Ms. Davis represents corporate clients in high-stakes disputes with consumers, shareholders, and foreign governments.  Her pro bono practice is focused on federal criminal defense.

Outside of court, Ms. Davis writes and speaks on matters of Indian law.  She serves as Vice Chair for Rule of Law on the ABA South Asia/Oceania & India Committee.  Prior to law school, Ms. Davis spent a year working for International Justice Mission attorneys combating human trafficking in Kolkata, then earned an M.Sc. in Contemporary India from Oxford University.

Ms. Davis received her law degree from Emory University School of Law, where she was elected Editor-in-Chief of Emory International Law Review.  Ms. Davis earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Auburn University Honors College.  Her honors senior thesis, “Medellin, Avena, and the Future of American Diplomacy” established the thesis for all of her academic writing to date.  She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Davis clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Corporate Speaker: Tim Keeter

Tim Keeter graduated as an Honors Scholar in 1991 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.  He then completed an MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University.  Tim has been employed at Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville, AL for 25 years.  Currently, he is a department manager and runs large programs for air-recoverable unmanned aviation systems called "Gremlins" and for advancements in artificial intelligence for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  Tim loves Auburn and especially the Honors College, which he has supported for many years, including serving as the chair of the development council.  He is married to Carmen, who he met in the Auburn marching band; they have three children, one who is currently in the Honors College (Gabe).


The ceremony will be held in the Auburn University Student Center (AUSC) Ballroom.  The ballroom is located on the third for of the AUSC. The student center has created a map, please click on the third floor to view the ballroom










Parking will be available at the stadium parking deck. Since the event takes place on the weekend, there is no need to worry about parking permits.

map of the stadium parking deck


Students are asked to dress in business casual.



Please direct all questions to your advisor or by emailing the Honors College.


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Last modified: September 12, 2019