An Academic Honors Convocation is held the Thursday evening prior to Commencement in May. 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.

Honors Recipients and Cords
To qualify as an honor cord recipient at the Honors Convocation, students must have completed 60 graded hours at Indiana University, and achieve a program Grade Point Average (GPA) within the below ranges for undergraduate degrees. Honors Convocation eligibility is determined by GPA at the end of the just completed fall semester:

  1. Highest Distinction – Red and White Cord (3.95 GPA or higher)
  2. High Distinction – White Cord (3.80 GPA to 3.94 GPA)
  3. Distinction – Red Cord (3.60 GPA to 3.79 GPA)

Honors Convocation 2018 Details

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

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


  • 6 - 6:45 p.m. Students and participating faculty check in and assemble near Stem Concert Hall as directed by staff. Family 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 the Ogle Center lobby. Light refreshments; meet-and-greet and photo opportunities for students, faculty, family members and guests.

Regalia is not required for students. As it is a special occasion, and you will be crossing in front of the entire assembled audience at some point, dress like you would if you were going to dinner with your family for your grandmother's birthday.

Academic regalia is required for faculty and Platform Party members.