Students who complete the Honors College curriculum requirements earn special distinction and receive special recognition at general University commencement ceremonies. These distinctions are in addition to graduation with Latin honors based on grade point average.
Students in the second semester of their junior year should set a graduation meeting with the Dean of the Honors College to ensure they are on track to meet Honors College graduation requirements. In addition to applying for graduation through the Office of the Registrar, students wishing to graduate “With Honors” or “With Highest Honors” should complete a Graduation Declaration with the Honors College. Without this declaration, the student will not receive a Bowers Medallion, be recognized during the University commencement ceremony, or have the distinction of “With Honors” or “With Highest Honors” on their official diploma.
Graduation Declaration deadlines:
- December graduates: October 31
- May & August graduates: April 1
To qualify for graduation with Honors:
- Complete 18 hours of Honors credit classes (These are taken within the student's degree plan as part of the core requirements)
- Take at least two Honors Seminars
To qualify for graduation with Highest Honors:
- Must complete all requirements to graduate with Honors
- Complete a senior thesis* in an approved discipline under the direction of a faculty member of his/her choice
*Student will receive 6 credit hours of departmental course credit when completing their thesis.
For information regarding SHSU graduation applications, commencement ceremonies, regalia, and announcements, please visit the Office of the Registrar's webpage.
Bowers Medallion Ceremony
All Honors College graduates are invited to the Bowers Medallion Ceremony held the week of graduation. This event is a business causal event at which the College individually recognizes all of our graduates. Graduates are presented with the official Bowers Medallion and Honors College stole that they wear during the University commencement ceremony. The Ceremony marks a joyful finale to one’s undergraduate Honors experience, a celebration attended by University administration, including the President, Honors College faculty, staff, and students. Formal invitations will be sent out to the addresses provided on the Graduation Declarations. Please limit 6 guests per graduate.