Join the Honors program to develop the sophisticated tools needed to be competitive for top-tier graduate schools and employers. Take challenging coursework and plan individualized learning, receive significant individual attention, attend Honors events, present at conferences, win prestigious internships, and complete an advanced capstone. Become a leader in the 21st globalizing world.

As an Honors student, you will become part of a diverse group that works hard now to win big later. Our diverse community includes new and native signers, athletes, and international students as well as various identities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, region, abilities, religion or spirituality, and more. We embrace this diversity with passionate commitment and seek to explore ways to build an equitable, just Honors community as practice for life after graduation. Whether you are looking to hit the job market with a bang or gain entry to the best graduate program in your field, we have the tools to help you get there.

University Honors Graduates 2020 


Raelyn Fuechtmann
- Master’s in Secondary Education, Rochester Institute of Technology
Aashni Kamra- Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Cancer and Genetics Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
Hannah Rae Neild - Master’s in Deaf Education, K-12, Gallaudet University
Tayla S. Newman - Master’s in Linguistics, Gallaudet University 
Casey Lee Peck - Gap year for work experience and exploration of graduate programs
Angela W. Rogers - Gap year for work experience and exploration of graduate programs, possible Fulbright Fellowship
Stefania Sarkic - Master’s in Deaf Education, K-12, Gallaudet University
Patricia Brynn Schmidt - Summer 2020 Internship at Ernst & Young (one of the top four global accounting firms), followed by Master’s in Professional Accounting, the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Micayla Ann Whitmer - Master’s in American Studies, The College of William and Mary’s College of Education

University Honors Graduates 2019


Yunhe Bai – Master’s in Social Work, Columbia University
Alexandra Forkin – Position at The Walden School, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Massachusetts
Gabrielle Humlicek – Publishing capstone; gap year to re-locate with family and prepare for Ph.D. studies in Public Health
Brianna Keogh – Internship with the American Psychological Association; then a gap year with plans for a master’s in teaching
H. Nicole Mills – Online certificate in Data Science, Johns Hopkins University, then work experience to prepare for Master’s in Data Science at Florida State University
Bailey James Moers – MS in Statistics at Texas A&M; teaching fellowship in mathematics
Nikolya Sereda – Williamstown Theatre Festival internship for one summer in costumes, followed by a year-long apprenticeship in graphic design with The Shakespeare Theater Company, DC, and then an MFA in costume design.

University Honors Graduates 2018

Casey Johnson-Pasqua - gain theatre experience before pursuing an M.F.A.
Megan Majocha - Post-Baccalaureate program at National Institutes of Health (NIH) followed by plans for a Ph.D. in human genetics
Jehanne McCullough - J.D. program at the University of Virginia School of Law
Paige Watson - M.A. in Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland 
Sawyer Willis - Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University