Honors College Convocation

May 11, 2023
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Gold Cords, Academic Distinctions, and Honors College Designations 


Central State University Honors College Convocation is held annually to acknowledge the outstanding academic achievements of Graduating Seniors.  The Honors College Convocation is held during the week leading up to Commencement. Students who qualify for participation in the event will receive an email invitation shortly before commencement.  The recognitions awarded (gold cord, distinctions, and designations) are determined by the cumulative grade point average earned and honors work completed during their collegiate journey. 


Description of Award Criteria:  

  • Gold Cords - Gold cords are awarded to graduating seniors with a 3.5-4.0 cumulative GPA (any D or F grades make the student ineligible).  

  • Academic Distinctions  - Medallions are awarded to graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:  

    •     Summa Cum Laude | 3.90 or higher cumulative GPA for all work completed  

    •     Magna Cum Laude | 3.75 to 3.89 cumulative GPA for all work completed  

    •     Cum Laude | 3.60 to 3.74 cumulative GPA for all work completed  

  • Honors College Designations - Medallions are awarded to graduating Honors College members who have completed the requirements for one or more of the following designations (multiple medallions are possible). More information at honors.centralstate.edu:  

    •     General Honors  

    •     Honors in the Major  

    •     University Honors  

    •     International Honors  

ATTENTION: Awards will not be mailed.  


For graduates who are unable to attend the Honors College Convocation, awards will be available for pick-up on Friday, May 12, University Student Center, in front of the Marauder Café from Noon-2:00 p.m.  


*** A picture ID is required to pick up awards. Students may also identify a designee to pick up awards, but advance notice is required, and the designee must also present identification. Questions or concerns, contact Ms. Sarah Jones, Honors Program Manager, at sjones@centralstate.edu


Specific questions about graduation should be sent to graduation@centralstate.edu 

Honors College Convocation Medallions