Honor Cords and Graduation Stoles
Great Commission Stoles
All students who have participated in a CBU Summer of Service, International or US Service Project (SOS/ISP/USP) are eligible to wear a Great Commission Stole. Distribution will take place as part of the check-in process when you arrive at the ceremony. Students may also purchase the stoles for $25 cash at Grad Finale. Unless you have purchased a stole, all stoles must be returned immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. You will not be able to purchase a stole on the day of commencement.
All students who are currently on a CBU varsity roster are eligible to wear an Athletic Stole. Distribution will take place as part of the check-in process when you arrive at the ceremony. Students may also purchase the stoles for $25 cash at Grad Finale. Unless you have purchased a stole, all stoles must be returned immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. You will not be able to purchase a stole on the day of commencement.
Bachelor's Degree candidates who qualify will receive gold honor cords - those graduating with honors will be announced as they walk across the stage at the Commencement Ceremony. Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of their final semester. This means that in order for you to be eligible to graduate with honors, all official transcripts from other schools or colleges must be received in the Office of the University Registrar by Friday, April 28. Honors announced at the ceremony are also conditional upon completion of all requirements in accordance with University policies.
Distribution of Honor Cords will take place as part of the check-in process when you arrive at the ceremony. Honor cords are yours to keep.
Honors are awarded according to the following grade point average:
- Cum Laude, 3.50
- Magna Cum Laude, 3.70
- Summa Cum Laude, 3.90
HONOR SOCIETY INFORMATION
Alpha Chi (Blue and Green Cords)
Distribution of cords will take place at Grad Finale. 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. Jeff Barnes, Dean of Academic Services at 951.552.8639.
Alpha Kappa Delta (Teal Cord)
Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is an earned honor. The purpose of the honor society is to promote scholarship, but the focus has always been contributing back to the community both locally and globally. Undergraduates must be sociology majors or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of a host institution with a chartered chapter of the Society. Students must be at least a junior, rank in the top 35% of their class, or an overall GPA of 3.3, have a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, and have taken at least four courses in sociology at the host institution. For more information regarding Alpha Kappa Delta membership, contact Carol Minton at 951.343.5072.
Alpha Sigma Lambda (Gold and Burgundy Cords)
Distribution of cords will take place at Grad Finale. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest national honor society for non-traditional students (typically adults also engaged in professional careers). It recognizes those students who achieve and maintain outstanding scholastic standards and leadership characteristics while adeptly handling additional responsibilities of work and family. To be considered for membership, students must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in an undergraduate program. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Stephen Brown, Associate Dean of Student Development, at 951.343.3933 or Yvette Hale, Administrative Assistant, at 951.343.2160.
Eta Sigma Gamma (Green and Gold Cords)
Eta Sigma Gamma is the national honor society in health education. Eta Sigma Gamma’s primary purpose is to elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of individuals in the field of health education and promotion. The Eta Sigma Gamma insignia and honor cord reflects the ideals of teaching, research, and service in health education and promotion. ESG recognizes the top 15% of students and professionals with an academic major or minor in health education. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Robert LaChausse at 951-552-8484.
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 or Rita Schneider, department secretary, at 951.343.8662.
Sigma Delta Pi (Red and Gold Cords)
The Spanish Honor Society welcomes Spanish majors and minors based upon academic achievement. Undergraduate students in the upper thirty five percent of the class, with a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher in Spanish are eligible for consideration. For additional information regarding membership, contact the department secretary at 951.343.4590.
Sigma Theta Tau International, Chi Mu Chapter (Purple and White Cords)
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. CBU has a local chapter, Chi Mu. The undergraduate nursing students are invited to join upon completion of half of their nursing classes and top 35% of class with a minimum G.P.A of 3.0. Graduate nursing students are invited to join with completion of a fourth of graduate education and a minimum G.P.A above 3.0. All student members receive purple and white honor cords during a special induction prior to graduation.
Sigma Tau Delta (Cardinal and Black Cords)
This society welcomes English majors and minors based upon academic achievement. Undergraduate students in the upper thirty-five percent of their class, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in English are eligible for consideration. Graduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or higher are eligible for consideration. For additional information regarding membership, contact Rosemary Welsh, the department secretary at 951.343.4590.