The Academic Honors Convocation held Friday at Western Illinois University honored College, Departmental and Honors scholars and graduates who have earned academic distinction throughout their WIU careers.
Students each receive a medallion for each honor, which they wear at Commencement ceremonies. College Scholars also receive a cash award from the WIU Foundation.
College Scholars are determined by their outstanding academic excellence and service through the deans’ offices, upon recommendation by faculty. A Departmental Scholar is an outstanding degree candidate in an academic major as determined by the faculty in the major department. An Honors Scholar is a student in the Centennial Honors College who has completed a set of honors requirements and has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
Approximately 10 percent of graduating seniors achieve academic distinction, which is designed as Summa Cum Laude, highest academic distinction, with a minimum grade point average of 3.90; Magna Cum Laude, high academic distinction, with a GPA of 3.75-3.89; and Cum Laude, academic distinction, with a GPA between 3.60-3.74.
Local students receiving honors were:
DeKalb – Daniel A. Honeyman, Graphic Communication, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude
Genoa – Andrew C. Brown, Economics (Bachelor of Arts) Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude
Sycamore – Diane Kasper, Music, Honors Scholar