Graduating seniors who have earned at least 60 credits at Augustana and whose overall and Augustana grade-point averages meet the following minimum standards are eligible for graduation honors:
3.9000 summa cum laude
3.7500 magna cum laude
3.5000 cum laude.
Students qualify for honors on the basis of their grade-point averages for the semester they graduate. Honors for the Commencement ceremony and printed program will be printed based on the overall gpa after the term prior to the graduation term. Graduation for the permanent record and diploma are based on the final grades in the term in which the student graduates. Honors are withheld from students found guilty of violations of college policies regarding academic honesty, such as cheating or plagiarism. Grade point averages are not rounded up to meet the honors standards noted above. Graduation honors are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record following graduation processing.
Recognition of class honors occurs during the annual Honors Convocation in May.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Illinois, was established at Augustana in 1950.
Dean's Honor List
Following Fall and Spring semesters, students who earn a grade-point average of 3.50 or above for that semester are included on the Dean’s Honor List for that semester, subject to the following criteria:
- All work is completed by the end of the semester with final grades posted (no incomplete (I), in-progress (IP) or E grades on record).
- Twelve hours of credit are graded on the plus-minus grade scale during the term (see Grading System). Courses taken Pass-No Credit or Pass-Credit-Fail or Audit count neither toward the student’s grade-point average nor toward inclusion on this list.
The Dean's List is published following the 30-day incomplete deadline after the conclusion of each sememster. The Fall list will be published in early February and the Spring list will be published in late summer.
The college does not have a Dean's List for J-term. J-term grades appear on the student record as an individual term grade point average. While J-term grades are not calculated in with any other semester, they are calculated into the cumulative grade point average. In some cases, J-term grades may be counted with the fall grades to calculate academic standing for students who are on academic warning to determine their eligibility to remain enrolled at the college. For more information see Academic Standing.
Augustana College does not calculate class rank.
The college recognizes honors at Commencement in the program. The college does not provide students cords or stoles for honors.