Honors Day

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Honors Day


In light of the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is taking measures to protect the safety and well-being of our community. Additional information about the virus and SIU’s response can be found at https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/

At this time, the Honors Day Recognition Ceremonies, scheduled for April 4,2020 have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes, and we look forward to resuming normal operations when the threat has passed. For questions about specific events, please feel free to contact us at events@siu.edu or 618-453-7424.




Honors Day is an annual celebration of the academic achievement of our undergraduate students. It serves as an important prelude to our university commencement, and includes ceremonial elements such as college gonfalons; presentation of certificates, cords and medallions; inspirational messages; and celebratory music.

Faculty members are encouraged to attend their college ceremonies, where students will be recognized by their peers and deans for their academic accomplishments. The entire University community is also invited to the university-wide reception to further celebrate academic achievements with students and their families and guests.


Criteria for Honors

Qualification for recognition is determined at the end of the third week of the spring semester.  Recognition at that time will be accorded to a full- or part-time undergraduate student who has:

(1) attained an undergraduate grade point average at SIU of 3.50 or better and, if applicable, a 3.50 average or better in all undergraduate work (including transfer credit) recognized by SIU; and

(2) reached the benchmarks of 12, 45, 75, or 105 SIU credit hours of coursework since the prior year's qualification determination. Such an Academic Honors student will be invited by the University to the next regularly scheduled Honors Day ceremony.