Graduation information

To complete the Honors College, an honors student must finish the following:

  • Earn a University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate degree
  • Satisfy all major and Honors College requirements
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the time of graduation
  • Engage in regular mentoring/coaching sessions with our advising staff
  • Complete a minimum number of honors experiences (courses, honors contracts in non-honors classes, or co/extra-curricular activities via the honors points process) commensurate to the student’s honors track
  • Complete capstone requirements (thesis, major project, or similar)

If an honors student has completed the requirements of the Honors College and plans to graduate from the Honors College within the next year, the student should complete the Honors College Exit Survey.

Recognition at graduation

Special honors notation on transcripts and diplomas. Students graduating in the Honors College receive In cursu honorum on their diplomas.

Honors identification in Commencement program. The University of Nevada, Reno commencement program at the graduation ceremony identifies all graduates of the Honors College.

Honors Convocation. Students graduating in the Honors College are recognized at a special Honors Convocation and reception the week prior to general University commencement exercises, to which graduates' family and friends are also invited. At the Convocation, graduates are awarded sashes and faculty mentors are recognized.

Honors sashes. The Honors College distributes sashes to its graduates during its semi-annual Honors Convocation ceremonies. Each graduate will be sashed by his or her Honors thesis mentor while crossing the stage; this process is analogous to hooding ceremonies for graduate degrees. The Honors sash, which may be worn during all subsequent University and college/school commencement exercises, is a symbol of the graduate's four-year commitment to the Honors College. In order to receive a sash, a graduating honors student must attend Honors Convocation. Sashes will not be distributed to graduates either before or after the ceremony and sashes are not available for purchase.

Herz Gold Medal. The Herz Gold Medal is awarded by the University to the graduating senior with the highest GPA each semester.

Latin distinctions. Students received Latin distinctions based on on University of Nevada, Reno and cumulative grade point averages.

  • Students in the top 1 percent of their college's/school's graduates receive the title of Summa Cum Laude
  • Students in the top 1.01 to 5 percent receive the title of Magna Cum Laude
  • Students in the top 5.01 to 10 percent receive the title of Cum Laude

Honors College Convocation

Every fall and spring, the Honors College hosts a Convocation ceremony for its graduates and their families and friends. Graduating students and their faculty mentors should plan to wear full academic regalia to the Convocation. During the ceremony, each Honors College graduate will be recognized for his or her Honors capstone experience and other undergraduate achievements. Graduating students will also be sashed by their faculty mentors. The program will include special recognition for national fellowship and scholarship nominees and awardees.

  • Two outstanding Honors students will equally be recognized with the Excellence in Honors Student Award.
  • The Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented to a faculty member who has worked to further the Honors College's mission.