Honor Cords and Graduation Stoles
Distribution of Cords
Bachelor's Degree candidates may be eligible to wear one of the following cords during Commencement. Distribution will take place at rehearsal and become the property of the student.
Honor's Cords (Gold Cord)
Graduation honors are announced at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for all eligible fall, spring and summer candidates. Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of the Spring 2013 semester. Honors designation will not be available prior to graduation rehearsal. Honors announced at the ceremony are conditional upon completion of all requirements in accordance with University policies.
Honors are awarded according to the following grade point average:
- Cum Laude, 3.50
- Magna Cum Laude, 3.70
- Summa Cum Laude, 3.90
Check back on this page on Thursday, May 2 at 12 noon to see if you are eligible to wear an Honor's Cord. Graduates can check their Honors Designation by clicking here. The designation will be listed on the graduate's walking card and will be announced during the ceremony. For any questions, graduates may contact Lorene Armstrong in the University Registrar's Office at extension x4461.
Alpha Chi (Blue Cord)
Membership is based on academic achievement and outstanding character traits. Juniors and Seniors whose overall grade point average places them in the upper ten percent (10%) of their class are eligible for consideration. For more information regarding Alpha Chi membership, contact Dr. Dawn Ellen Jacobs, Associate Provost, at 951.343.4275.
Kappa Mu Epsilon (Silver Cord)
This Natural and Mathematical Sciences Department honor society recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics at the undergraduate level. Membership is open to students who have completed at least three (3) college mathematics courses (including at least one  semester of calculus) with an overall average of 3.00 or better. Members must be at least second-semester sophomore and rank in the top thirty-five percent (35%) of their class. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Jim Buchholz, Professor of Mathematics, at 951.343.4359.
Distribution of Great Commission Stoles
Undergraduate students who participated in a CBU International Service Project are eligible to wear a Great Commission Stole. Stoles are distributed at the MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal and must be returned immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. Students may purchase the stoles for $50 during rehearsal or following the Commencement Ceremony. Students who do not return stoles will be given a $50 replacement charge.
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