Honos Civicus for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at Fletcher.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon Fletcher’s commitment to engagement in communities around the world. The award also reflects Fletcher’s goal of educating internationally-minded students who are committed to active citizenship throughout their professional careers.

Strong candidates will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Demonstrated leadership and dedication.
  • Made a positive impact.
  • A commitment to Fletcher’s mission of increasing international understanding and promoting relationships of mutual benefit, security and justice around the world.
  • A strong record of professionalism, ethical behavior, and academics.


Honors are for degree-seeking students only who are in good academic standing.

*Eligible students include those graduating in May and those graduating in August of the same calendar year.


The benefits of membership in the Honos Civicus Society include:

  • Recognition at a ceremony of Class of 2017 Fletcher students accepted into the Honos Civicus
  • 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.


Applications will be reviewed by The Fletcher Honos Civicus Committee, which includes administrators across departments at The Fletcher School and representatives from Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.


January 2, 2017: Application period opens

February 17, 2017: Application Due


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or email Leroy.Lafleur@tufts.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

What is active citizenship?  

Active citizenship includes the ability to:

  • Think critically about civic problems in the United States and internationally.
  • 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, both within the United States and on a more global scale.

What types of activities should I have participated in to apply for Honos Civicus?

Suggested activities and/or combination of activities – above and beyond degree requirements – include but are not limited to the following:

  • Community outreach through Fletcher student organizations or self-initiated volunteer service through membership in non-University affiliated programs that involve underserved or vulnerable communities or population groups.
  • Leadership role in Fletcher student organizations involved in community service.
  • Service and commitment to improving communities based either in the United States or internationally.

Do I need to be nominated in order to apply?

There is NO nomination requirement for Honos Civicus. If you have participated in community service or civic engagement you may apply directly for Honos Civicus by completing the application on this website.

Honos Civicus for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

  • If accepted to the Honos Civicus Society, you will receive a certificate at the Honos Civicus Ceremony and your name will be announced. Please use the space below to provide us this information:
  • If accepted to the Honos Civicus Society, you will receive a certificate at the Honos Civicus Ceremony and your name will be announced. Please use this space to provide us this information:
  • Short Answer Questions

    Please limit your responses to 400 words or less per question.
  • This should not be a laundry list of one-time or short-term service projects. The Honos Civicus Review Committee is most interested in substantial, meaningful community service activities that demonstrate either a longitudinal commitment and/or a leadership role.
  • “What you learned” is purposefully broad; feel free to talk about how your service related to your goals while attending The Fletcher School.
  • Please upload your resume as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • Supplemental Information

    The following information is not required.