Americana Service Cords 

Americana Service Cords will be presented to Veteran graduates and graduates who are members of the United States Armed Forces, including ROTC Cadets who will be commissioned upon graduation. 

Honorary Degrees 

Honorary degrees are awarded to persons of acknowledged eminence in the arts, letters or sciences, in the professions, or in public service whose contributions are so significant that benefits are recognized and acknowledged on a state, national or international level.

Institutional Honors

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship throughout their undergraduate years are graduated with institutional honors.  Click here to view eligibility requirements.  Graduates who are receiving Institutional Honors will receive their confirmation via e-mail from the Office of the University Registrar. Instructions on how to obtain Honor Cords will be included in the confirmation email.  Honors candidates will be distinguished at the commencement ceremony based on their academic work completed up to the semester prior to graduation. 

President’s Medal

The President's Medal recognizes faculty and administrative staff who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of Kent State University through extraordinary and unique service. The Committee on Citation and Recognition invites faculty and staff members from all campuses to submit nominations for the President's Medal.

University Medallion 

The Kent State University Medallion is intended to honor those who have contributed significantly to the university's well-being but who would not be eligible for an honorary degree or the President's Medal.