You are here: Home / News / Celebrating Honors

Celebrating Honors

Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College will host a 50th Anniversary celebration featuring a Barbecue Bash on Friday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the French House's Hans and Donna Sternberg Salon and its front lawn. Alumni, students, and friends of the Ogden Honors College are invited to celebrate the College’s past, present, and future at the event. Attendees are encouraged to submit pictures and memories from Honors classes, events, and field trips to be included in an "Honors Through the Years" slideshow. The event is free and open to the public.

2017 marks the Ogden Honors College’s 50th anniversary as an Honors program and the 25th anniversary as an Honors College. Though officially founded as a college in 1992, the Honors initiative began in 1967 when professors Charles Bigger and Edward Henderson developed a series of team-taught collaborative courses that remain the academic core of the Honors curriculum at LSU. Since its inception, the Honors College has expanded to include a challenging four-year trajectory that spans service, study abroad, internship exposure, and independent research. 

“Just think how far Honors has come at LSU since those first seminars Professor Henderson directed in Allen Hall,” Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle said.This year our freshman class alone numbers 600. Honors has literally transformed the student body, and our campus.”

Associate Dean and Les Amis des Etudiants founder Dr. Ann Sumner Holmes added that witnessing the progression of LSU Honors as an institution has been a profound experience.

“I have been teaching HNRS seminars for 30 years,” Dr. Holmes said. “During that time, I have watched the Honors College grow under the effective leadership of Deans Seay, Clark and Earle, from a small program in the College of Arts & Sciences to a thriving College. Through the years it has been such a joy to me to watch exceptionally capable students begin their college careers in my first-semester seminars and then progress to graduation with College Honors.”

In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the Ogden Honors Advisory Council will commit $50,000 towards the Honors Excellence Fund. This fund provides much needed support for current and future Ogden Honors students. Every year the Honors Excellence Fund helps LSU's best and brightest with merit based scholarships, funding to complete research, and additional resources to study abroad.  

Mr. Brian Haymon, Ogden Honors College Advisory Council Chair, explained the significance of investing in the College’s future while simultaneously honoring its past.

“Now is a time for the Advisory Council to serve as a beacon of leadership and commitment for the Honors College and LSU,” Mr. Haymon said. “This is a unique moment to advance the good news of the Honors College, in celebration of what has been achieved and to inform and inspire folks about what is to come.”

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.




Communications Coordinator

Jacqueline DeRobertis

Ogden Honors College | (225) 578-0083  |


Director of Development

Miles Garrett

Ogden Honors College | (225) 578-6868  |