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Honos Civicus for Graduate Students at the School of Engineering

Honos Civicus celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their graduate studies in the School of Engineering. Inductees have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their community involvement while creating an alumni network of professionals who share a meaningful, continued commitment to civic life and social impact through their careers in engineering.


Engineering students who wish to join Honos Civicus must have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement beyond the minimum expected for degree requirements (capstone requirements)
  • Demonstrated leadership and dedication
  • An outstanding record of professionalism and ethical behavior
  • A strong academic record


Honos Civicus inductees will receive:

  • Recognition at a ceremony of Class of 2021 AS&E graduate and undergraduate students accepted into the Honos Civicus Society
  • Recognition at graduation and an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown
  • Features on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications
  • Membership in the Honos Civicus alumni group

Frequently Asked Questions

What is civic engagement? 
Civic Engagement includes the ability to:

  • Think critically about civic problems
  • Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities
  • Communicate powerfully
  • Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups
  • Understand your own values, motivations, passions, and ethics—and act on them
  • Recognize one’s responsibility to a larger community

I participate in service for the public good, not for my own benefit, so it seems paradoxical (and feels uncomfortable) to have to apply for this honor.  Why do you require students to apply on their own behalf?

We recognize that people’s motivations for service involvement are often deeply personal and that it feels more awkward to apply for Honos Civicus Society than it might feel to apply for a research or academic honor. However, please think of Honos Civicus as a group of individuals dedicated towards civic engagement throughout their careers, rather than as an “award.”  And as stated previously, you are the person who knows most about what you have done, and what it has meant to the community and to your own academic and professional development.  

Can I nominate a peer?

Yes, you are welcome to submit nominations. To nominate a classmate, please fill out this form. The Honos Civicus committee will contact your nominee to encourage them to apply.

Why are academic considerations part of Honos Civicus?
The Honos Civicus Review Committee feels strongly that the ability to balance academics with service involvement is essential in order to be effective members of their community.


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Apply to Honos Civicus - Graduate Students in Engineering

The 2021 Honos Civicus application period is now closed.