Honor Cords and Graduation Stoles
Please Note: Only approved stoles and cords may be worn during Commencement ceremonies.
- Great Commission Stoles
All students who have participated in a CBU Summer of Service or International Service Project (SOS/ISP) are eligible to purchase a Great Commission Stole for $40 cash at Grad Finale. Stoles will not be sold on the day of Commencement.
- CBU Stoles
All graduates are eligible to purchase a CBU Stole for $40 cash at Grad Finale. Stoles will not be sold on the day of Commencement.
Bachelors Degree candidates who qualify according to the listing below will receive gold honor cords. Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of their final semester. 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 January 19, 2018 as long as all course work was completed by December 21, 2017. Honors are announced at the ceremony, but are 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 on Commencement day. Honor cords are given to qualifying graduates free of charge.
Honors are awarded according to the following grade point average:
- Cum Laude, 3.50
- Magna Cum Laude, 3.70
- Summa Cum Laude, 3.90
Graduates can check HERE on December 8, 2017 at 2 pm to see if they qualified for honors.
Questions? Contact Lorene Armstrong in the Office of the University Registrar at 951.343.4461.
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 this international sociology 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 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 Allison Ford, 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.