Honors Recognition

The cords, stoles, and sashes of different colors worn by some of the graduates are part of a special Commencement tradition. They represent honors distinctions and recognize academic excellence or achievements in leadership.

Please contact your respective program or honor society from the list below to obtain cords or stoles. 

Honors Candidates

Summa cum laude

4.00 GPA

Magna cum laude

3.999 - 3.902 GPA

Cum laude

3.902 - 3.812 GPA

*Summa cum laude, Magna cum laude, or Cum laude recognition do not receive cords or stoles. 

Awards of Distinction and Recognition

Biomedical Sciences Graduates of Distinction Award

Distinction in Writing

Graduate Dean's Award

International Students

McNair Scholars Program

National Residence Hall Honorary


Study Abroad Program Participants

Teacher Certifications

Veterans and Current Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

Honor Societies

Phi Kappa Phi

Frederik Meijer Honors College

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Psi Omega

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Gamma Sigma

Delta Phi Alpha

Dobro Slovo

Eta Sigma Phi

Gamma Sigma Alpha

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Iota Iota Iota

Iota Tau Alpha

Lambda Alpha

Lamba Epsilon Chi

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Kappa

Order of Omega

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Phi Alpha Alpha

Pi Delta Phi

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Sigma Alpha

Psi Chi

Rho Lambda

Sigma Alpha Lambda

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Theta Tau

Tau Beta Pi

Upsilon Pi Epsilon