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There are two different types of honors which you can receive from Cal State Northridge upon Graduation. University Honors, and the 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 Harrison. In addition, each student will have his/her name and award included in a souvenir program, and will be invested with an Honors Medallion at the Convocation ceremony.
Participation in the 2013 Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree in Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013. 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 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better as of Fall 2012 are eligible for recognition. If the student has applied for graduation before March 1, 2013. Late Graduation Filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Scholastic Achievement - Graduate
All graduating graduate students (Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.885 or better as of Fall 2012 are eligible for recognition. If the student has applied for graduation before March 1, 2013. Late Graduation Filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
All graduating students (undergraduate and graduate degree recipients for Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013) who are the recipients of department, college or University awards or scholarships that recognize demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative or athletic nature, or the display of unusual leadership ability or community service, are eligible for recognition. Nominees must also posses a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on all coursework through Fall 2012 and must have applied for graduation before the March 1, 2013 deadline. Late Graduation Filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Nominations from this category are provided by faculty, staff and administrators. Additional information: Office of Student Development & International Programs, (818) 677-2393.
To be awarded University Honors the University Catalog states,
To receive honors at graduation, a student must:
Complete a minimum of 45 units of work in letter-graded courses in this University.
Earn a grade point average (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:
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
Other departments at California State University, Northridge (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.
Note: An invitation to attend the Honors Convocation Ceremony does not automatically guarantee University Honors eligibility.
Students with the appropriate Grade Point Average (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 an Honors Sash and/or Honors Chord at the 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.
Additional Information: Undergraduate Degree Services (818) 677-3781
Questions regarding your eligbility, or the process of applying to graduate, can be directed to the following:
(Bachelor Degree Candidates)
(Master's Degree Candidates)