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Graduating with Honors

Honors College and Academic Honors
Honors College graduates wear red and white honors cords.  Those graduating with academic honors wear medallions signifying their honors designations.  Students graduating with academic honors must have earned at least 60 credits at Ball State and a total of at least 120 credits including transfer credits. The Ball State grade point average must be 3.6 to 3.799 for cum laude, 3.8 to 3.899 for magna cum laude, and 3.9 to 4.0 for summa cum laude.

If final grades change the honors designation, the new designation will be printed on the diploma and transcript.  Academic honors designations are for baccalaureate degree recipients only.

Associate degrees with Academic Distinction
A student who earns an associate degree, maintains at least a 3.6 grade point average, and earns at least 30 graded credits from Ball State will have the designation “Academic Distinction” noted on the transcript and diploma.

Military Honor Cords
Graduating students who have served in, are currently serving in, or are commissioning upon graduation into the military are wearing red, white, and blue honor cords as part of their commencement regalia.  We proudly recognize these students and their service to our country.

Students who qualify for a cord and/or medallion will be sent instructions on picking up these items.  These will also be available on commencement day at the lineup site in Worthen Arena for the Summer and Fall Ceremonies and the lineup site for the main ceremony for the Spring Ceremony.