UAH Honor Cords

University Honors

UAH Honor Cords, for those undergraduates who are eligible, have been purchased by the University and will be available at the Von Braun Center during the robing process. Graduation honors are not bestowed upon students receiving Masters or Doctoral degrees; therefore graduate degree recipients do not receive or wear honor cords.

Notice: Honors indicated in the program are based on grades for semesters completed prior to the last semester. Actual honors for all completed work will be subsequently calculated and will appear on the official transcript and diploma.


Graduation with honors at the baccalaureate level requires a minimum of 60 semester hours at UAH. Honors will be determined by the grade-point average for the last 60 semester hours of coursework taken at UAH or the overall GPA for all coursework taken at UAH, whichever is higher. The academic terms containing the last 60 hours of coursework taken at UAH will be identified, and the GPA of all UAH courses taken during those terms to satisfy graduation requirements will be computed and the honors will be determined as follows:

  • If the GPA computed as above is 3.90 or above, the student graduates summa cum laude. 
  • If the GPA computed as above is 3.70 or above (but below 3.90), the student graduates magna cum laude. 
  • If the GPA computed as above is 3.40 or above (but below 3.70), the student graduates cum laude.

Graduate School

Graduate students should not wear honor cords. The hood adorned with the college colors represents their academic accomplishments recognized by the university.

Approved Academic Honor Societies 

Students graduating with university–wide and academic honors who are members of the following organizations may wear the cords, ribbons, collars, jewelry, etc., described below on their robes at Commencement. Please contact the sponsoring organization for information on how to obtain your cords, ribbons, collars, jewelry, etc. 

University Honors

Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude

Gold Cords
(will be distributed at the ceremony)

Janet Waller

University Honor Societies

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Purple and pink cords 

Brooke Sheetz


Alpha Lambda Delta

Gold, red and white cords, medallions, and/or stoles

Joseph Taylor and Joseph Conway


Omicron Delta Kappa

White, black and blue twisted cords

Rita Ferguson


Phi Kappa Phi

Blue and gold cords with fringed tassels

John Saunders 


Sigma Xi-Scientific Research Society

Blue and white cords with tassels

Debra Moriarity


Nat'l Society of Leadership & Success

Platinum and black cords

George Watt


Delta Epsilon Iota

Blue and gold cords with tassels

Candace Phillips

Business Administration

Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting/Finance) 

Red and black cords, pins

Hank Alewine


Beta Gamma Sigma (Business) 

Blue and gold cords with tassels, medallions, and or stoles

Chris Allport

  Society for Human Resource Management Navy blue, light blue, and white cords Ivey MacKenzie
  DECA Blue and white cords Liwu Hsu
Education Kappa Delta Pi Teal green and purple cords Wolfram Verlaan


Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial & Systems Engineering) 

White satin and gold stole

Bryan Mesmer


Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering) 

Gold braided cord with royal blue and scarlet tassels

Aleksandar Milenkovich 


Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering) 

White satin collar (officers) / Maroon & white cord/rope (members)

Jeffrey Weimer


Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering) 

Teal and burgundy cords (see national website)

Nicholas Lynn 


Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Engineering) 

Stole with red shoulders and white satin tips

Chang-Kwon Kang


Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) 

White satin collar and embroidered with bent in orange, and white and orange cords

Sampson Gholston

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology) 

Teal cord

Kyle Knight 


Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre) 

Light blue and gold intertwined cords

David Harwell 


Kappa Pi (Art) 

Purple and gold cords

David Stewart


Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Arts) 

Red and white cords

Eletra Gilchrist 


Phi Alpha Theta (History) 

Madonna red and blue with multi-colored tassel at each end

Nicole Pacino


Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Languages) 

Purple and gold cords

Linda Maier 


Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) 

Medallions red ribbons

Anne M. Choup

  Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy)  White and purple cords Nick Jones


Psi Chi (Psychology) 

Dark blue and light blue cords

Dianhan Zheng 


Sigma Tau Delta (English) 

Red and black braided cords, 2"medallion attached to red ribbon

Chad Thomas


Sigma Theta Tau

Purple and white cords

Anne Dillard and Jennifer Palmer


Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics) 

Green and ivory tassels and cords

Max Bonamente

Greek Honor Society

Order of Omega

Gold and white cording 

Brittany Watts

Student Life Student Leader (President Award) Blue and white stole Nikki Goode 

U.S. Armed Forces Veterans


Red, White and Blue cording 

Brittany Howard

Updated 04/10/2019