Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony

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Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony

The Academic Excellence Recognition ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 8 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Latin Honors medallions and honor cords will be distributed at Academic Excellence ceremonies which will be scheduled in conjunction with future commencement ceremonies. Honor cords and medallions will also be available at Commencement ceremonies, for students who do not attend Academic Excellence.

Given the unusual circumstances surrounding the May 2020 graduation, we realize some graduates would prefer to receive their medallions and/or cords earlier, for photos and keepsakes, instead of waiting for a future ceremony. We have provided a form (link below) for graduates to request their medallion be shipped to them. Shipping is only available to U.S. addresses. Please be patient as we expect mailing to take a minimum of four weeks, with possible additional delays.

Graduates, please note; Latin Honors are traditionally awarded based on the student's SIU GPA and cumulative All-Work GPA, as of the Fall 2019 semester.  If you believe your GPA for the Spring 2020 semester will change the Latin Honor you receive, please wait until after June 1 to request your award.

To request your medallion mailed to you, please go the request form here.


This invitation-only 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 Banterra Center.

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.