Academic Honors

Students graduating with academic honors wear medallions signifying their honors designations.

Academic honors designations are for bachelor’s degree recipients only. Students graduating with academic honors must have earned at least 60 credits at Ball State and a total of at least 120 credits including transfer credits. 

Your Ball State grade point average must be:

  • 3.6 to 3.799 for cum laude
  • 3.8 to 3.899 for magna cum laude
  • 3.9 to 4.0 for summa cum laude

If final grades change the honors designation, the new designation will be printed on the diploma and transcript. 

Students who qualify for a medallion will be sent instructions on picking it up. Medallions will also be available on commencement day at the following location for each ceremony:

  • Spring commencement — the line-up site for the main ceremony
  • Fall commencement — the line-up site in the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center
  • Summer commencement — the line-up site in the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center

For more questions about medals, contact the Registrar's Office.

Honors College

Honors College graduates who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher, wear red and white honors cords. Please contact the Honors College for more information about these.

Associate Degrees with Academic Distinction

Students who earn associate degrees will have the designation “Academic Distinction” noted on their transcript and diplomas if they:

  • maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average
  • earn at least 30 graded credits from Ball State

Military Honor Cords

Graduating students who have served in, are currently serving in, or are commissioning upon graduation into the military are wearing red, white, and blue honor cords as part of their commencement regalia.

We proudly recognize these students and their service to our country