Master’s degree candidates who are academically in the top 10 percent of their program and are recommended by their Graduate Program Coordinator are eligible to be recognized for Academic Excellence. Nominations must be approved by the appropriate College Dean. If approved, the student will be permitted to wear “honor cords” at commencement.
Graduate Student Awards
Each year the Graduate Education Office recognizes an outstanding graduate student from each college. These students demonstrate exceptional academic and creative achievements, contributions to scholarship in their disciplines, and service to their community. These awards are only awarded and recognized at the June commencement ceremonies.
Graduation with Distinction
Graduation with Distinction will be determined by the Registrar’s Office after a student’s final Formal Study Plan has been reviewed and approved. It will NOT be awarded at the December or June Commencement Ceremonies. The designation will appear on a student’s final transcript and diploma. The criterion for graduation with distinction is defined on the Office of Registrar’s website and in the Cal Poly catalog: “a student whose grade point average is 3.75 or better, may upon the recommendation of the college dean be designated as ‘Graduating with Distinction’.”