Honors College Office of the Provost

Induction Ceremony & Fall Family Tailgate


Honors Family Tailgate

Join the Honors College for a “Fall Family Tailgate” complete with lawn games, food, and giveaways perfect for gameday!

Saturday, September 24

Time: 8 - 10 am 

Location: Upper Quad Lawn

This is a free event for Honors College students. Guests and families are welcomed to attend, but must be included in registration. Registration links will be sent to all Honors students via their Auburn email.

Those interested in purchasing football tickets, can do so via the Auburn Fall Family Weekend main page.

Honors Induction 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 Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness Dr. Norman Godwin, Honors alumna Ada Ruth Huntley, and Sam Johnson. Our emcees are Honors College students Carly Walker & Pierce Rossman.

Dates and Times

The ceremony will take place Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 1 pm. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Please arrive early in order to check-in and find a seat before the ceremony begins.






Address: Norman Godwin

As the university’s associate provost for academic affairs, Norman Godwin works with campus leaders and other support units to advance the academic mission of the university. In addition to Auburn’s general education and core curriculum processes, Godwin provides leadership to the University Curriculum and Graduate Council Curriculum committees and oversees the academic honesty and administrator review processes. Godwin also manages the university’s faculty awards and directs the Senate Lectures committee.

As associate dean in the Harbert College of Business from 2011-2018, Godwin facilitated the continued development of the college’s academic programs and student support services, including new undergraduate majors and minors, a revised core curriculum reflecting modern business, an innovative and immersive professional development program, streamlined academic advising, and a new class of employees dedicated to student engagement with employers. During his tenure, the college saw increases in graduation and placement rates, starting salaries, and professional certifications, all while experiencing unprecedented student growth.

As director of the School of Accountancy from 2003-2011, Godwin restructured its graduate and undergraduate programs, leading to unprecedented and nationally recognized student success on the uniform CPA exam and a top 10 ranking for the school’s online undergraduate degree. Godwin also supported faculty success, yielding significant increases in top-tier publications, multiple presidencies of national organizations, and several appointments to national research teams.

In addition to his administrative appointments, Godwin is a professor of accounting, a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Alabama, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is the current president of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and he serves as an advisor for three university student organizations. Three of his children are Auburn graduates, with a fourth soon to follow.


Alumni Speaker: Ada Ruth Huntley

Bio forthcoming.

Faculty Speaker: Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is an instructor at Auburn University, a consultant, and manager of a family business. Sam retired from ExxonMobil having worked in all three global business segments and led projects in the U.S. and internationally. He lived in Texas, Malaysia, and New Jersey.

Prior to joining ExxonMobil, he was a consultant in Michigan and was on the faculty at Auburn University and Tuskegee University.

Sam has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. He serves on the board of the American Village and the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery. He and his wife, Patti, live in Montgomery, AL.





The ceremony will be held in the Neville Arena at 250 Beard-Eaves Court, Auburn, AL 36849


We recommend parking in the Neville Arena parking lot. Students will enter through the Scholarship Entrance to check-in beginning at 12:30 pm. All other guests will enter through the main front entrance.



Students are asked to wear "dressy casual" attire. No shorts, no blue jeans please.



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


Watch the 2021 Honors College Freshmen Induction Ceremony


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Last modified: September 12, 2022