Academic Ceremonies

Honor degree candidates who participate in Commencement wear honor cords and receive special recognition during the ceremony. Students eligible to wear a cord will be notified by mail. Honor students may keep the cord as a memento.

Associate and bachelor degree candidates qualify for graduation with honors, distinction or highest distinction, by meeting the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree candidates must have a minimum of 65 resident credits included in graduation GPA; associate degree candidates must have a minimum of 35 resident credits.
  • In each division or school, the minimum graduation GPA for highest distinction must be 3.80, but never less than the 97th percentile. The minimum graduation GPA for distinction must be 3.50, but never less than the 90th percentile. Associate degree candidates are calculated separately from bachelor's degree candidates using the same requirements.
  • The required GPA, calculated each spring as outlined above, also applies to degrees for the following summer sessions and fall semester.

For additional information, please contact the Academic Ceremonies office at 260–481–6460.

IPFW Military Student Services Recognition

Any graduating IPFW student that is currently or has formally honorably served in the Military is eligible to wear a red, white and blue cord at the Commencement ceremony.  Details and contact information can be found on the Military Student Services website.

Honors Insignia from Greek Honor Societies

A wide array of honors organizations recognize outstanding achievement in service, philanthropy and scholarship. IPFW is proud of all its students who fulfill the requirements for membership in these important societies, but on Commencement Day the university singles out those honor societies that emphasize academic achievement.

To become a member of one the honor societies listed below, students must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 overall. Graduates who are members of these nationally recognized honor societies may also wear their societies’ honors cords or medallions during Commencement. Students may purchase the appropriate cords directly from the various society headquarters or the local chapter. Websites are provided. Cords become the property of the student.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society. Teal cord, student may purchase.
  • Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society. Red and green honor cords, provided to students at Induction ceremony.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society Recognizing Business Excellence. Blue and gold cords, student may purchase.
  • Chi Alpha Sigma, National College Athlete Honor Society.  Medal provided by local chapter.
  • Delta Alpha Pi, International academic honor society for students with disabilities.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Purple and green honor cords, student may purchase.
  • Lambda Alpha, National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology. White stole, students may purchase.
  • Lambda Pi Eta, National Honor Society for Undergraduates in Communication. Gold cords for all members. Students who complete the service component are also eligible to wear red and white cords. Student may purchase cords.
  • National Society of Leadership and Success.  Black and platinum cords, student may purchase.
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society for Economics. Gold and blue cords, student may purchase.
  • Omicron-Psi, national honor society for non-traditional students. Blue and gold cords provided as part of annual dues.
  • Phi Eta Sigma, national honor society for first-year students.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, national honor society for all academic disciplines. Braided navy blue and gold cords, student may purchase. Additional information can be found at the IPFW Phi Kappa Phi site.
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society. Violet, gold and lavender cords, student may purchase.
  • Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology. Platinum and dark blue intertwined double cords with mixed tassels. Student may purchase cords through local chapter.
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon, National Honor Society for Earth Sciences.
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society.  Red and black cords provided by English department at induction.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Lavender and white cords.
  • Tau Alpha Pi, National Honor Society for Engineering Technology. Gold and green cords, student may purchase through national office.
  • Tau Upsilon Alpha, National Organization for Human Services. Royal blue honor cords, contact Linda Wark. 
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.  Maroon and white cords.

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