What are the requirements to receive honors designations?
To graduate with an honor distinction an undergraduate student must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at Illinois State University as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher after the last completed semester as grades and hours for the current semester will not be posted at the time of commencement. Only Illinois State University course work is included in the computation of the GPA.
|Cumulative GPA||Honor Distinction|
|3.90 - 4.00||Summa Cum Laude, Gold Cord|
|3.80 - 3.89||Magna Cum Laude, Lavender Cord|
|3.65 - 3.79||Cum Laude, White Cord|
Undergraduate students who have earned 30 semester hours at Illinois State University and a qualifying GPA both based on the last graded semester prior to commencement are recognized with the respective honor distinction at commencement.
Once grades for the current semester are posted cumulative hours and cumulative GPA are recalculated and final honor distinction determined. The final honor distinction will be permanently noted on the student's diploma and transcript as noted below:
Degree Honors include Major (Department) Honors and Latin (Laude) Honors. These Degree Honors will display on a transcript along with the degree earned. They will also print on the diploma.
Term Honors include Presidential Scholar, Honors Program Scholar, and Bone Scholar. Term Honors will print after the appropriate term on the transcript.
Where do I get my honor cord?
If you have earned the honors designation, the Office of the University Registrar will provide you with your honor cord.
Honors cords are also available for undergraduate students in the Honors Program who earn the Honors Program Scholar graduation designation as well as for Presidential Scholars who started in Fall 2019 or earlier. The Honors Program provides these cords.