University Honors/Honor Cords
There are two types of university honors: commencement and graduation.
Commencement honors determine which students may wear an honor cord (foragers) during commencement exercises. Commencement honors are noted beside students’ names in commencement programs. Calculations for commencement honors and highest honors are based on grade point averages earned at the end of the last term in residence prior to the term of graduation. To be eligible, you must have earned no fewer than 45 semester credits in residence at UW-L prior to the beginning date of the term in which you intend to graduate. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to wear the honor cord (silver) or at least 3.75 to wear the highest honor cord (gold). Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Commencement honors are calculated for baccalaureate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates do not wear honor cords. Honor cords are available for purchase at the University Bookstore for $7. If you have a question about honors status, please contact the Records Office at (608) 785-8952.
Graduation honors are posted on permanent academic records if students have earned no fewer than 60 semester credits in residence at UW-L. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 for graduation with honors or at least 3.75 for graduation with highest honors at the end of your last term in residence. Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Graduation honors are calculated for baccalaureate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates are not eligible.