Cords of Distinction Award

Cords of Distinction Recipients in 2014 The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society. Up to 10 graduating students are recognized annually.

2015 nominations closed on February 2.

Meaning of the Cords of Distinction

Blue: strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas

Gold: love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement

See past recipients of the cords.

Selection Criteria

Any undergraduate senior student who…

  • is participating in this academic year’s commencement (spring, summer, or fall)
  • positively influenced on-campus communities
  • positively influenced the institutional image
  • positively influenced off-campus communities, near or far
  • is in good academic and social standing

Who may nominate a student?

All members of the university community are welcome to submit Cords of Distinction nominations. A selection committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrators will review all nominations. Anonymous nominations are not permitted.