Recognition at Graduation

  • Special Honors Notation on Transcripts and Diplomas - Students graduating in the Honors Program receive In cursu honorum on their diplomas. Students completing the 30 Honors credits with a GPA of at least 3.25 but less than 3.5 will have a "Completed Honors Program" designation. University transcripts identify all Honors coursework as Honors.
  • Honors Identification in Commencement Program - The University of Nevada, Reno commencement program at the graduation ceremony identifies all graduates of the Honors Program.
  • Honors Convocation - Students graduating in the Honors Program 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 Program 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 Program. 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 - Those students in the top 1% of their College's/School's graduates receive the title of Summa Cum Laude, the top 5%-1.01% receive the title of Magna Cum Laude, and the top 10%-5.01% receive the title of Cum Laude. Ranking is based on University of Nevada, Reno and cumulative grade point averages.