Honors Eligibility

Graduates who have questions regarding honors eiligibility should contact their advisor or organization sponsor directly.

Undergraduate Honors

For full list of honors and awards, please see the Dean of Students Honors and Awards page.

Departmental Honors
The Departmental Honors program is available to qualified students in many departments of the University. Normally, students enter a Departmental Honors program in their junior year. Admission to Departmental Honors candidacy cannot be granted later than the beginning of the student’s senior year. Minimal requirements for graduation with Departmental Honors are: a) an overall grade point average of 3.20; and b) not less than 6 credit hours in independent study, senior thesis or special courses open only to candidates for graduation with honors in the department. Departments may have differing additional quantitative and qualitative requirements.

University Honors

Prospective graduates eligible for University Honors are those who have successfully completed the requirements of the University Honors Program and have been awarded honors by the Honors Council. For more information, see the University Honors Program site.

Baccalaureate Honors

Baccalaurate degree recipients who have a minimum scholarship index of 3.5 and have earned a minimum of 60 hours in residence are awarded Baccalaurate Honors. The designations are as provided below.

Designation GPA Range
Cum laude 3.50 to 3.74
Magna cum laude 3.75 to 3.89
Summa cum laude 3.90 and above


Graduate Honors

A distinction is awarded only if the student passes the master's/doctoral exam with distinction. It will appear on the transcripts but not on the diploma. Students are allowed to wear honor cords for their department.

For more information, please visit http://www.unm.edu/grad/honors/honors.html

Honor Cords

A two-color cherry and silver honor cord has been designated by the University for the honors and awards listed below. The cherry and silver cords may be purchased at the UNM Bookstore.
  • Departmental Honors
  • Baccalaureate Honors
  • Lena Clauve Outstanding Senior award
  • Marshall's scholars
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Presidential Scholars
  • Regent Scholars
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars
  • Truman Scholars
  • Master's and doctoral degree candidates graduating with distinction

Honor cords are draped over the neck as shown in this picture.

Honor cords are draped over the neck as shown in this picture.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has PKP honor cords and medallions for sale. These items can be purchased in the Humanities Building, Office #267.
A single-color silver cord has been designated for University Honors Program graduates and some honor societies. These organizations may either give or sell the silver cords to be worn at commencement. Please check with your organization sponsor regarding this matter.
Golden Key International Honour Society honor regaliaare available for purchase through Golden Key Officers. Please contact the organization by email (goldkey@unm.edu) for more details.
A two-color white and gold honor cord has been designated for graduates from the Mortar Board Honor Society. These cords may be purchased from the Student Activities Center (SUB Rm 1018).
A two-color red and black honor cord has been designated for graduates who are members of the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. Please contact the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter at UNM for further information (Humanities Bldg, Office# 268).
Phi Eta Sigma members can purchase a black and gold honor cord and medallion from the Dean of Students Office (Student Services Center, Rm 280).