University Honors and CSUN Honors Convocation
There are two different types of honors you can receive from California State University, Northridge upon graduation: University Honors and the CSUN Honors Convocation.
Criteria for Recognition at CSUN Honors Convocation
Each year, California State University, Northridge recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree recipients by inviting them to participate in the Honors Convocation ceremony. Students meeting the established criteria will receive an official invitation to the ceremony from President Dianne F. Harrison. In addition, each student will have his or her name and award included in a souvenir program and will be invested with an Honors Medallion at the convocation ceremony.
Participation in the 2015 Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree in fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015. Students receiving a credential or certificate are not eligible for this recognition. Students may participate in Honors Convocation no more than one time for each undergraduate or graduate degree earned. Students become eligible for participation in Honors Convocation based on meeting one of the following criteria.
Scholastic Achievement - Undergraduate
All graduating seniors (fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better as of fall 2014 are eligible for recognition. Eligible students much have applied for graduation before March 6, 2015. Late graduation filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Scholastic Achievement - Graduate
All graduating graduate students (fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) with a cumulative GPA of 3.885 or better as of fall 2014 are eligible for recognition. Eligible students must have applied for graduation before March 6, 2015. Late graduation fillings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Students who successfully apply for graduation and meet the GPA requirements listed above, should automatically receive an invitation to the ceremony by the University President.
All graduating students (undergraduate and graduate degree recipients for fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) who are the recipients of department, college or university awards or scholarships that recognize demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative, or athletic nature, the display of leadership ability or outstanding community service are eligible for recognition. Nominees must also posses a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on all coursework through fall 2014 and must have applied for graduation before the March 6, 2015 deadline. Late graduation filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Nominations from this category are provided by faculty, staff and administrators. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-2393.
Criteria for Graduating with University Honors
To be awarded University Honors, the University Catalog states the following.
To receive honors at graduation, a student must:
- Complete a minimum of 45 units of work in letter-graded courses at CSUN.
- Earn a GPA of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUN and cumulatively (transfer and CSUN work).
The level of honors is based on the grade point average in all undergraduate courses, including transfer work (cumulative). The level of honors is determined as follows:
- Summa Cum Laude - GPA of 3.90 or above
- Magna Cum Laude - GPA of 3.75 to 3.89
- Cum Laude - GPA of 3.50 to 3.74
If University Honors is awarded when the degree is granted, honors will be reflected on your diploma and your CSUN transcript.
Graduate Students are not awarded with University Honors but, rather, are recognized on their diploma as graduating With Distinction upon receiving a 3.885 GPA or higher within their graduate level courses.
Some departments at CSUN perform Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations and invitations, and/or Honor Society nominations and monitoring. Refer to the current University Catalog for details.
Please note that an invitation to attend the Honors Convocation ceremony does not automatically guarantee University Honors eligibility.
Students with the appropriate GPA and units when the graduation evaluation is completed will be an Honors Candidate. If you are designated as an Honors Candidate, this accomplishment is acknowledged as a separate listing in the commencement program. Additionally, an Honors Candidate is eligible to purchase the Honors Medallion at the Matador Bookstore, which is worn for the commencement ceremony. Candidacy for Honors does not guarantee Honors will be awarded when the degree is conferred. The same in reverse applies for students not designated as an Honors Candidate; Honors will be awarded if criteria are met when the degree is conferred.
For additional information, contact Undergraduate Degree Services at (818) 677-3781.