Graduation Recognition

Graduation marks the culmination of your achievements as a student at Kent State University. Completion of the minimum academic requirements in the Honors College recognizes you as an “Honors College Scholar.” Students who complete a Senior Honors Thesis/Project add Kent State's highest academic designation to their academic record.

In addition to the distinction earned, Honors College students are recognized in the following ways upon graduation from Kent State University and the Honors College:

Special Honors Notation on Transcripts

Students graduating from the Honors College receive a notation on their final academic transcript. University transcripts identify all Honors coursework as Honors.

Graduation with Honors

Students who are in good standing at graduation, complete their minimum Honors requirements, and complete a Senior Honors Thesis/Project will have their graduation distinction (University, General, or Departmental Honors) noted on the final academic transcripts. In addition, students receive an official thesis certificate in the mail after graduation.

Honors College Scholar

Students who are in good standing at graduation and complete their minimum Honors requirements earn the notation "Honors College Scholar" on the final academic transcript.

Commencement Program

The Kent State University commencement program at the graduation ceremony identifies all graduates of the Honors College.

Honors Medallions

Honors College graduates receive a special medallion to wear at Commencement.

Medallions are distributed at the annual Senior Honors Luncheon. Students who cannot attend the luncheon may pick up their medallions at the Honors College office after the event.

Senior Honors Luncheon

Graduating seniors are invited to a special event on in April to celebrate graduation. Students are recognized individually and presented with an Honors medallion.