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Can you get any honors cords for grades during a particular semester or year?

1. What is the difference between being designated a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day and receiving "University Honors"?

Designation as a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day is a reflection of cumulative academic achievement.  Students receive these honors in the junior and senior years of their university career.  These designations reflect students whose grade-point averages are, at a minimum, in the top 4% and 20% of their college or school, respectively, and are bestowed each spring at the annual Honors Day ceremony.  Recipients are eligible students who meet criteria established by the Faculty Council and published in the General Information Catalog (page 105 - 106).

In contrast to the cumulative nature of being named a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar," the distinction of receiving "University Honors" is awarded each semester.  This designation is given to any undergraduate who is enrolled full-time, has earned at least 45 grade points for the semester and has achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on courses completed in residence during the semester.  An incomplete grade cannot be received.

2. If I am named a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day, does that mean I will graduate "with honors"?

Designation as a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day can be awarded up to three times in the academic career of a student, beginning in the junior year and continuing through the fifth year of study for those in specified undergraduate programs.  Designation as a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day is distinct from and not associated with graduating "with honors."

Graduating "with honors" is the singular designation given to undergraduates at the culmination of their academic studies at the university.  This designation is printed on university diplomas.

To be eligible to graduate "with honors," students must have completed at least 60 semester hours at the university and have a cumulative grade-point average which falls into the top percentage range for all the degree recipients within a particular college or school.  Please note the specific cumulative grade-point average required for this designation is determined by the overall accomplishments of a graduating class within each college or school.  It is not a fixed grade-point average.

For more information about designation as a "Distinguished College Scholar" or "College Scholar" for Honors Day or to learn more about "University Honors" and graduating "with honors," please consult the General Information catalog (pages 105-106).

3. Who receives Honors Day medallions? 

Each year, a unique medallion is given to those who qualify as Distinguished College Scholars.  The medallions are presented by the dean of each college or school as a part of the university-wide Honors Day ceremony in the Erwin Center.  College and school marshals will lead Distinguished College Scholars onto the stage at the appropriate point in the ceremony.

4. Who receives Honors Day honors cords?

All Distinguished College Scholars and College Scholars will receive university honors cords as they check in for the university-wide Honors Day ceremony at the Erwin Center.

5.  If I am unable to attend the university-wide ceremony, is it still possible to receive an honors cord and a medallion?

Honor cords are guaranteed for College Scholars and honor cords and medallions are guaranteed for Distinguished College Scholars attending the university-wide Honors Day ceremony at the Erwin Center.  Following the ceremony, those unable to attend may check with their college/school representative to see if cords and medallions are still available.





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