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 and/or recognition included in a souvenir program, as well as be invested with an Honors Convocation Medallion at the ceremony.
Participation in Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree. 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 with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better as of the previous Fall semester are eligible for recognition. Eligible students must have applied for graduation before the first Friday in March. Late graduation filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Scholastic Achievement - Graduate
All graduating graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.885 or better as of previous Fall semester are eligible for recognition. Eligible students must have applied for graduation before the first Friday in March. 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 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 the previous Fall semester and must have applied for graduation before the first Friday in March 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.
To be awarded University Honors, the University Catalog states the following.
To receive honors at graduation, a student must:
- Complete a minimum of 30 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.
NOTE: Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations and invitations, and/or Honor Society involvement does not guarantee eligibility for "University Academic Honors". Please check the University Catalog for further details.
At the time of Commencement, a souvenir program booklet is provided to all graduates. The program includes a listing of:
- University Academic Honor Students - which include the level of honors they have earned.
(students who earn their degree in the Fall term of the established academic year)
- University Academic Honors Candidates - which are listed by name only.
(students who earn their degree in the Spring or Summer terms of the established academic year)
Students who have graduated University Academic Honors Honors, or are University Academic Honors Candidates are eligible to purchase an Honors Sash and/or Honors Cords at the Matador Bookstore, which can be worn at the commencement ceremony. Please see the following photos for examples:
Since final grades are not tabulated until after the commencement ceremonies have concluded, candidacy for Honors does not guarantee it 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.
Graduating with Distinction is referenced in the University Catalog and states the following:
"A student may receive the Master’s degree with distinction by maintaining a 3.885 or higher GPA on all formal Master’s degree program coursework. The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted with the degree on the transcript, and also will appear on the diploma."
This suggests that students earning a masters degree do not earn "University Academic Honors" as that term and designation are for undergraduate degree recipients.
The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted on the degree and on the transcript for students earning a masters degree possessing a 3.885 or higher GPA on formal Master’s degree program coursework.
NOTE: Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations and invitations, and/or Honor Society involvement does not guarantee eligibility for "Distinction". Please check the University Catalog for further details. You can also inquire with the office of Research and Graduate Studies (818) 677-2138
Students who have graduated with Distinction are eligible to purchase a Sash and/or Cords at the Matador Bookstore, which can be worn at the commencement ceremony.
Since final grades are not tabulated until after the commencement ceremonies have concluded, candidacy for Distinction does not guarantee it 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.
There are several Honor Societies at CSUN, representing a rich backdrop of student cultures, educational foundations, and inspired community service. All recognized Honor Societies are organizations at CSUN and additional information can be found at the Matador Involvement Center.
Below is a list of a few:
Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honors Fraternity
The objective of this Fraternity shall be to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting. This objective includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-objectives: to instill in its members a motivation for self-improvement; to foster high moral and ethical standards in its members; to cultivate a sense of responsibility and service in its members; to promote the collegiate study of professional accountancy; and to provide opportunities for association among its members and professional accountants.
LIST OF HONOR SOCIETIES
CSUN Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society
Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students with disabilities have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. The purpose of this Society shall be to recognize the academic accomplishments of college and university students with disabilities, to facilitate development of leadership and advocacy skills, and to provide opportunities for members to serve as mentors and role models. The further purpose of this Society shall be to provide educational programming related to disability issues for the campus and community.
Eta Kappa Nu, CSUN (Engineering Honorary)
The Eta Kappa Nu Association was founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1904 by Maurice L. Carr, to encourage excellence in education for the benefit of the public by: Marking in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon engineering education by distinguished scholarship, activities, leadership and exemplary character as students in electrical or computer engineering, or by their attainments in the field of electrical or computer engineering; Providing educational and financial support to said students; and Fostering educational excellence in engineering colleges.
Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Academic Honor Society
Kappa Omicron Nu (National Home Economics Honor Society)
Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences. To accomplish this mission, Omicron Beta Epsilon Chapter shall:
- promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development
- promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry
- confer distinction for high achievement
- promote leadership development
- stimulate student and faculty dialogue
- enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions
- encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior
- promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good
- The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is the nation's premiere honor organization for high achieving students.
- Membership is based on grade point average and class standing, and is by invitation only.
- NSCS aims to honor inspire and engage its members, and offers benefits including scholarships, leadership development, travel opportunities and career resources.
For the purpose of assisting college students in creating the lives they desire, by helping students discover what they truly want to do, and to give them the support and tools to achieve their goals, we hereby found The National Society of Leadership and Success.
The purpose of this chapter shall be those expressed in the Constitution of The National Order of Omega:
"To recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in Interfraternity activities, to encourage them to continue along this line, and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment;
To unite outstanding fraternity men and sorority women and to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate affairs;
To bring together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness;
To help create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions."
Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Inc.
To foster and achieve bonding among physicians of high moral character devoted to education and philanthropy for a lifetime.Objectives:
1. To promote the highest scientific and educational standards in the field of medicine;
2. To promote, uphold and maintain the highest standards of ethics in the practice of medicine, medical teaching and research;
3. To promote discussions at all Fraternity levels of current social and economic issues as related to medicine, the practice of medicine and other health care related issues;
4. To promote non-profit group service to the community by Fraternity chapters and affiliates;
5. To promote fellowship and mentoring, equality and unity.
Pi Lambda Theta (Education Honorary)
The goal of Pi Lambda Theta, Delta Kappa Chapter will be to honor outstanding educators in the field of education and inspire them to be effective leaders in education.
Pi Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Chapter (Political Science Honorary)
We, the members of Pi Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma chapter, form this CSUN branch of the National Political Science Honors Society to recognize academic excellence in Political Science at California State University, Northridge, to foster intellectual exchange, and to advance future success of its members. We adhere to the rules set forward in this constitution, the rules and regulations of California State University, Northridge guidelines for participation, and the standards of the national association of Pi Sigma Alpha.
Psi Chi (National Psychology Honorary)
Psi Chi strives to advance the science of psychology and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of its individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology.
Sigma Tau Delta (English Honorary)
Sigma Tau Delta strives to provide cultural stimulation on campus and to promote interest in literature and the English language in the surrounding community.
Tau Sigma National Honor Society (Transfer Students)
The California State University, Northridge chapter of Tau Sigma is committed to recognizing the achievements of transfer students while building a supportive community. Our members serve as both ambassadors of California State University, Northridge and advocates for both current and prospective transfer student to the CSUN.