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Graduation Requirements


You must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 to graduate as a Helen P. Denit Honors student for the university and college honors levels. The program honors level varies by program.

Level 1: University Honors

To achieve this level of distinction, students must complete at least 15 honors credits at the lower-division level and participate in a minimum number of Denit sponsored or approved events. No honors contracts are accepted toward the completion of University Honors.

Level 2: College Honors

To achieve honors in a particular college, students must meet the requirements stipulated by that college. Those requirements would include, at a minimum, 12 credits of upper-division courses at the honors level, at least three of which would be in an honors capstone experience. Of the 12 credits, no more than three should be satisfied by an honors contract. In addition to course requirements, all colleges require students to participate in a minimum of co-curricular or extra-curricular experiences, but the colleges themselves are responsible for defining both the nature and number of co-curricular and extra-curricular requirements. This level of distinction is accessible and achievable by all students, from first-time freshman who completed university honors to transfer juniors who haven’t had any honor courses at all. Note: Business students must also complete Management 475 AND either Management 495 OR Management 498.

Level 3: Program Honors

The requirements for these programs are highly variable, and depend on the needs and ambitions of the individual programs. As with college-level, no more than three credits should be satisfied by an honors contract for program-level honors. As with college-level honors, program-level honors would be accessible and achievable by all qualified students. While all degree programs are encouraged to develop their own distinctive level of achievement, they are not required to do so.

When you apply for graduation you must inform the director, Dr. Etheridge, that you are graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program by October 31st for winter and March 31st for the spring graduation ceremony.This is very important and if you fail to do so, your name will not appear under the Helen P. Denit Honors Program section in the Commencement Program.

Ron Williams, 2013 College Honors graduate, was chosen to speak at commencement. Check out what he said here.