Honors Convocation

Academic Honors

An Academic Honors Convocation is held the Thursday evening, prior to Commencement. School/division dean's offices will contact candidates for graduation who are eligible to be recognized for outstanding academic performance during this event and thus wear honor cords during the Commencement ceremonies.

  • Honors Cords will be distributed at the Academic Honors convocation at the Stem Concert Hall in the Ogle Center on Thursday evening preceding the Commencement ceremonies.
  • If you believe that you are entitled to wear a cord and have not been contacted to participate in the Academic Honors Convocation two weeks prior to Commencement, please contact your school/division office immediately.
  • The wearing of an honor cord during Commencement does not automatically guarantee the awarding of degree honors. Degree honors are calculated once all the degrees for a graduation class are posted, and are determined by IU-wide policy.

Highest Distinction

Red and White Cord – (3.95 GPA or higher)

High Distinction

White Cord – (3.80 GPA to 3.94 GPA)


Red Cord – (3.6 GPA to 3.79 GPA)

Honors Convocation 2020 Details

Where: Stem Concert Hall in Ogle Center on the IU Southeast campus

Honors Convocation Details
TimeEvent Details
6 – 6:45 p.m.

Students and participating faculty check in and assemble near Stem Concert Hall as directed by staff. Famly members and other guests take seats in audience.

7 p.m.

Procession begins. Students will be seated onstage. Faculty will be seated in reserved section of audience seats.

7 – 8 p.m.

Ceremony, speeches, recognition of honorees, distribution of cords, and certificates.

8 – 8:30 p.m.

Reception following ceremony in Ogle Center lobby. Light refreshments; meet-and-greet and photo opportunities for students, faculty, family members and guests.