Central State University honors students with grade point averages of 3.2 or above during its annual Honors Day Convocation. Honors Day recognizes full-time students who have attained high scholastic standing.
The Honors Categories are as follows:
The Class Scholar award goes to the highest-ranking student in each class. When more than one student shares the highest grade point average, the award is presented to the student who has earned the greatest number quality points. The graduating senior with the highest grade point average is designated as the Senior Class Scholar.
Gold Cord Honors are awarded to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and above with “C” or better grades.
College Honors are awarded to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and above.
Class Honors are awarded to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 to 3.49.
The Central State University Board of Trustees awards a Certificate of Congratulations to every senior graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 and above.
Senior Transfer Students are eligible for honors if they have earned at least 24 semester hours at Central State University and if their transfer credits also meet the required standards.
The 2019 Top Scholars:
Ms. Arame Diouf, Senior Class Scholar
Ms. Nya McMullin, Junior Class Scholar
Ms. Emily Archer, Sophomore Class Scholar
Mr. Kentin Wallace, Freshman Class Scholar
Honors Organizations Central State has the following Honors Organizations. They are:
Alpha Epsilon Rho Dr. Lovette Chinwah-Adegbola, Adviser Alpha Epsilon Rho (AERho) is the Honor Society for Electronic Media students and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Members of AERho emphasize superior scholarship and creative participation in broadcast, corporate, and digital media production and activity. Membership in AERho exemplifies excellence of work, demonstrated leadership qualities, and service to the organization, the community, and the industry. To be admitted into AeRho, the student shall have completed at least the equivalent of three semesters or five quarters of full-time college work in a college or university which is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association which grants baccalaureate or higher degrees, and which provides or maintains some form of electronic media curriculum including broadcasting, mass communication, digital technologies, radio, television, cable, or film. A prospective member shall not rank lower than the upper one-third of his/her college class in overall all scholarship as indicated by a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher in all courses as well as a grade point average of 3.25 in all electronic media studies courses (on a 4.0 scale).
Alpha Kappa Mu Dr. Geoffrey J. Giddings, Adviser Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society is a general scholarship honor society open to juniors, seniors, and graduates within all academic disciplines. Founded in 1937, Alpha Kappa Mu has more than 75,000 members worldwide. Members of the Kappa Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu are committed to maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.3 and to upholding the organization’s goals of continuing in the pursuit of knowledge; developing a trained intellect in the process of improving the quality of life in the service of others; and reflecting on creative contributions and citizenship.
Beta Beta Beta Dr. Anthony Arment, Adviser Beta Beta Beta is a national biological honor society for undergraduate students. Central State University’s Lambda Iota Chapter seeks to encourage scholarly attainment, cultivate intellectual interest in natural sciences, and promote research. Qualifications for membership include a minimum 3.0 grade point average and a major in biological sciences.
Central State University Honors Program Dr. Frederick A. Aikens, Interim Director The Central State University Honors Program nurtures and challenges its Honors Scholars to achieve academic excellence through a rigorous and diverse curriculum and co-curriculum leading to superior preparation for post-baccalaureate success. A 3.5 grade point average and at least 32 credit hours are required for admission into the program.
Chi Alpha Epsilon Ms. Karen Johnson-Jordan, Adviser Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society is a national honor society for general studies, which promotes and recognizes academic success among students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such Chi Alpha Epsilon continued as first-generation, disabled, or low-income students. Its purpose is to encourage continued academic excellence and foster increased communication among its membership. Qualifications for membership include active participation in Student Support Services and registration with the Office of Disability Services; sophomore, junior, or senior status, with two (2) consecutive semesters with a grade point average of 3.0; and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Delta Mu Delta Dr. Saima Bashir and Dr. Fred Aikens, Advisers Delta Mu Delta (DMD) was founded on November 18, 1913. Five professors from Harvard, Yale, and New York University, who believed that exceptional students in the field of business should be given recognition similar to that by Phi Beta Kappa in the field of liberal arts, founded the Society. Delta Mu Delta was incorporated in 1952 and in 1963 was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). In 1992, the society established an affiliation with Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) whereby future chapter establishment occurs only at colleges and universities with business programs accredited by the ACBSP at the baccalaureate/graduate level. The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a DMD community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through life-time membership.
Psi Chi Dr. Edison Perdomo, Adviser Psi Chi International Honor Society is an international honor society for psychology majors, whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The mission of Psi Chi at Central State University is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology in general. Student members must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
Sigma Tau Delta Dr. Kenneth Hayes, Adviser Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society is an honor society for English majors, that confers distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing. Sigma Tau Delta is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English. Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest 35 percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college coursework. Candidates for undergraduate membership need not be majoring or minoring in the discipline of English. Qualifications for membership include a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale.