Honors College Recognition

The appropriate designation, based on Honors College curriculum completed, appears on the student’s diploma and final transcript. An Honors College student who completes the curriculum will graduate as a University Honors Scholar. If an Honors College student completes his or her Honors Electives by following the Departmental Honors program requirements, the student will graduate as both a University Honors Scholar and Department Honors Scholar. A student, who is not in the Honors College, who chooses to complete the Departmental Honors program requirements will graduate as a ­Department Honors Scholar.

  • University Honors Scholars – University Honors Scholars complete 3 units of Honors English, 15 units of Honors courses (9 units must be Honors College seminars) and 6 units of Honors Electives (some units may be completed by the academic Department Honors requirements with prior approval of the Honors College). They must have an overall GPA of 3.30 and maintain a 3.00 average for all courses taken to fulfill Honors College requirements.
  • Department Honors Scholar – Department Honors Scholars complete only the Department Honors requirements in their academic major.  See the relevant department's webpage for requirements.

The Honors College Graduation Convocation

At the end of the spring term, the Honors College hosts a ceremony for graduating seniors to award their Honors College Certificate and Honors College Graduation Medallion. Convocation is an opportunity for graduates to be honored for their accomplishments and recognized by the faculty for their hard work and commitment to pursuing such an academically rigorous program. Graduating seniors are presented with the Honors College medallion which they should wear at Graduation, a certificate of completion of the program, and a gift from the Honors College. A reception follows the ceremony. Graduates unable to attend the Honors College Graduation Convocation may pick up their medallions in the Honors College office during regular office hours before the Commencement ceremony.