To help ensure that all of our students make the transition smoothly from current student to alumnus, The Honors College has a multi-step process for graduation.

1. The Exit Interview

The Exit Interview must be scheduled at least two months prior to the expected graduation date. This interview takes about 30 minutes. It serves the following purposes:

  • to review transcripts and verify completion of requirements
  • to make sure the student's name, degree, and Honors graduation status appear correctly on the graduation certificate
  • to complete needed biographical information for the commencement program
  • to fill out an Honors College evaluation

Please let us know about any awards, honors, leadership roles, service activities, scholarships, and other forms of recognition, as well as information about graduate school acceptances and fellowships or employment acceptances.

We also ask that each student make a donation of $20.00 to offset the cost of the Honors certificate and medallion.

Congratulations! At this point, you have started the process of becoming part of the community of Honors Alumni. Please consider investing in our future and staying involved through volunteering and joining our directory.

2. Honors College Commencement

Honors Commencement includes a reception and ceremony. It is held in either April or December and recognizes the graduates publicly for their completion of Honors.

3. University Commencement

In addition to graduating through The Honors College, Honors students will be recognized by the University during Commencement as Honors College graduates and as laude graduates. This recognition is independent of any Honors College designation. The Honors degree indicates that you have completed the requirements of the Honors College. The Latin designations reflect the cumulative GPA upon graduation. Visit the Commencement site.

At commencement, laude graduates wear a distinctively colored tassel; Honors College graduates also wear the Honors medallion.

  • Cum Laude (3.5-3.6)
  • Magna Cum Laude (3.7-3.8)
  • Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0)

For more information on graduating with Honors, please refer to your Honors Student Handbook.