How to I purchase Honors or Distinction Sashes and Cords?
Students who meet the qualifications of University Honors or University Honors Candidate can connect with the CSUN Campus Store to purchase Honors or Distinction related paraphernalia (Sashes/Cords, etc.). The CSUN Campus Store has been provided a list of all student eligible for this honor.
Criteria for Graduating with University Honors (Undergraduates)
University Honors are awarded to students who complete their degree with certain GPA criteria. A student who has met the Honors criteria when the graduation evaluation is completed will be designated an "Honors Candidate." The student will be listed as an Honors Candidate in the Commencement Program. Please note that candidacy for University Honors does not guarantee that honors will be awarded when the degree is conferred. Conversely, a student who did not meet the Honors criteria when the graduation evaluation was conducted may still be awarded University Honors if the Honors criteria are met when the degree is later conferred. 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).
- Earn a CSUN GPA of 3.50.
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.
DEANS LIST, HONOR SOCIETY INVOLVEMENT AND HONORS CONVOCATION NOMINATIONS:
NOTE: Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations/invitations, and/or Honor Society involvement should not be confused with "University Honors" as they all have different classifications Honors".
Criteria for Graduating with Distinction (Masters)
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.
DEANS LIST, HONOR SOCIETY INVOLVEMENT AND HONORS CONVOCATION NOMINATIONS:
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.
Eligibility for academic distinction shall be based on Fall term grades. However, while unusual, students may receive grades or grade changes that allow them to meet the relevant GPA criteria after Fall term grades have been posted. Students with proof of an adjusted qualifying GPA may contact the Commencement Office and upon confirmed review, the student will be eligible to purchase an Honors Sash and/or Honors Cords at the CSUN Campus Store. We will make every effort to have your recognition added to the printed souvenir program booklet up until the last Friday in March.
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:
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.
CSUN Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society
Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Academic Honor Society
- 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.
"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."
1. To promote the highest scientific and educational standards in the field of medicine;
How University Honors is celebrated at Commencement
HONORS PARAPHERNALIA / REGALIA:
Students who have graduated University Honors Honors, or are University Honors Candidates are eligible to purchase an Honors Sash and/or Honors Cords at the CSUN Campus Store which can be worn at the commencement ceremony. An email was sent to all eligible students. To purchase these items, please visit the Campus Store and present the email to the cashier as proof for your purchase. Please see the following photos for examples:
HONORS RECOGNITION AT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
At the time of Commencement, a souvenir program booklet is provided to all graduates. The program includes a listing of:
- University 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 Honors Candidates - which are listed by name only.
(students who earn their degree in the Spring or Summer terms of the established academic year)
Each year CSUN 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 in mid-April. In addition, each student will have their name and award included in a souvenir program, and will be invested with a Medallion at the Convocation ceremony.
Participation in the Annual Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree in current academic year (Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023). 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:
All graduating students who have applied for graduation by March 3, 2023, (Fall 2022, Spring 2023 or Summer 2023) with a cumulative grade point average of:
- Undergraduate: 3.50 or better as of Fall 2022 are eligible for recognition.
- Masters: 3.885 or better as of Fall 2022 are eligible for recognition.
All graduating students (degree recipients for Fall 2022, Spring 2023 or Summer 2023) who have applied for graduation by March 3, 2023 and are the recipient of a department, college or University award, or scholarship that recognizes 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 possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on all coursework through Fall 2022. Nominations from this category are provided by faculty, staff and administrators.
Students who receive an invitation (by email and/or US Postal mail) are asked to kindly RSVP to this event by clicking here
Missed Honors Convocation?
Students invited to this ceremony that were unable to attend can pick up an Honors Convocation medallion and program at either the CSUN Campus Store, or the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs (located in the USU area across from the Freudian Sip). Please bring your invitation to help verify this honor.