Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony

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Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony


This program recognizes those graduating seniors participating in the commencement ceremony with a special medallion in recognition of high academic achievement.  It also provides recognition for students participating through the University Honors Program and Saluki Athletics by way of Honor Cords, again, based on academic achievement.  This program is designed for those at the undergraduate levels of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.

Each of these students identified through the Registrar's Office as well as the University Honors Program will be invited to a special event to celebrate their academic achievement.  Each will be recognized individually and presented with a medallion, cord, or both at this event. If attendance is not possible, students may receive their medallion or cord prior to their commencement ceremony at the SIU Arena in the undergraduate line-up tent.

At the commencement ceremony, these students will be asked to stand and be recognized.  We ask that the graduate wear these medallions and cords with their cap and gown.  It is a wonderful honor to see these graduates stand throughout the hall and receive the applause from thousands of guests.