State Recognition Ceremonies

Students looking on during a recognition ceremony

Ceremony dates and times for 2019 will be updated as available.  

Ceremony assignments

Students who qualify for State Recognition ceremonies will be assigned to a ceremony site in their state (or the state nearest to them, if there are no ceremonies in their state). Ceremony assignments are based on school location and venue capacity at each location. Invitations are sent out the first week of April, both by email and traditional mail.

If you need to update your student's information, including email and mailing addresses, you can do so online by filling out our student update form

2019 information

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Date and Time


University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa



University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Wednesday, May 8

10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


University of South Florida, Tampa

Tuesday, May 7

10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

Tuesday, May 14

10:30 a.m.


Middle Georgia State University, Cochran

Saturday, May 4

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

Thursday, May 23


University of Kansas, Lawrence

Wednesday, May 15

9 a.m.


Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Wednesday, May 22


Northwestern State University, Natchitoches

Sunday, May12

1 p.m.


The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Saturday, June 1


Drury University, Springfield

Friday, May 24


University of Nebraska at Lincoln


North Carolina

East Carolina University, Greenville


Campbell University, Buies Creek

Tuesday, May 14

2 p.m.

Elon University, Elon

Wednesday, May 29

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


University of Tulsa, Tulsa


South Carolina

Furman University, Greenville

Thursday, May 16


Belmont University, Nashville

Monday, May 6


Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

Monday, May 6

4 p.m.

Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science at the University of North Texas, Denton

Thursday, May 16

Trinity University, San Antonio

Thursday, May 9

4 p.m.

Lamar University, Beaumont  

Saturday, May 11

Texas A&M University, College Station

Friday, May 24

Sites, dates, and times are subject to change.

Travel Planning

Follow the above links to each host university's website to familiarize yourself with the campus you are visiting and obtain driving directions and campus maps.

Ceremonies typically last an hour and a half; however, some locations have a reception following the ceremony. At most sites, students have reserved or assigned seating. Friends and families seat themselves on a first-come, first-served basis.

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