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Academic and Military Honor Cords

Posted: March 30, 2016

Spring 2016 Commencement Academic and Military Honor Cords information available.

Academic Honor Cords:  All graduating seniors who have earned academic distinction are eligible to receive an academic honor cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Students who are graduating with highest distinction will receive a blue and white cord, students who are graduating with high distinction will receive a blue cord, and students who are graduating with distinction will receive a white cord. Students will receive an email notification on how to receive their honor cords from the Office for Undergraduate Education. Levels are determined by the cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2015 semester. If students earn a higher level once final grades are received, then adjustments will be made.  Additional information can be found in the press release link here: http://news.psu.edu/story/400167/2016/03/28/academics/penn-state-celebrate-graduates-academic-military-success-honor 

Military Honor Cords:  All graduating seniors who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies.  Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veteran’s Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it.  ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office.  Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration, please visit this website for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the required documentation: http://equity.psu.edu/veterans/priorreghonorcord