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Academic Honors

Baccalaureate degree candidates for graduation from the traditional undergraduate program who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or above with no D’s or F’s at EMU are considered honor graduates. The honor and corresponding grade point average are listed as follows:

  • Cum Laude: 3.60-3.79
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.80-3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00

To qualify for these graduation honors a student must have completed at least 48 graded semester hours at EMU.

Adult degree completion honors graduates

ADCP graduates are eligible for academic honors if they have earned a career grade point average of 3.60 or above and, since matriculation in the ADCP, have received no D or F grades at EMU or elsewhere. The career grade point average includes grades from all course work transferred to EMU.

  • Cum Laude: 3.60 – 3.79
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.80 – 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 – 4.0

Honors program

Students with outstanding academic gifts are invited into the honors program as first years and offered enriched educational opportunities with an end goal of fully developing student academic and leadership ability while increasing personal and career fulfillment. Program highlights include:

  • additional mentoring relationships with faculty members
  • special research and faculty collaboration opportunities
  • honors colloquia (smaller classes with in-depth explorations of academic and social issues)
  • significant scholarships

This program was made possible by an anonymous $1 million endowment fund and other significant contributions from persons dedicated to academic excellence at EMU.

Cords of Distinction

Ten students nominated by faculty, staff, students or administrators for this honor wear the blue and gold “Cords of Distinction.” During their academic careers they have consistently demonstrated a positive effect on the internal community (EMU and students), the external community (Harrisonburg and beyond), and the institution’s image. In addition, they are in good standing academically and socially.

Blue represents the strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution or community. It also symbolizes the willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas. Gold represents the love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university environment or community in which all may take part.