Centennial Honors College

 attention: Students, Faculty and Staff

Following guidance from both state and university leaders regarding the COVID-19 situation, we regretfully inform you that the 2020 Academic Honors Convocation, which was scheduled for May 8, 2020, is cancelled. We are saddened that our outstanding students will not be able to be recognized and honored at this event for the hard work and dedication they put into making their academic careers exceptional. These students should be very proud of what they have accomplished, and we want them to receive the recognition they deserve. When we have details about how and when students will be recognized, we will let them know immediately. Students will receive their medallions, but the logistics and means of distribution have not been worked out at this time. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented situation.

Honors Convocation Medalions
Spring 2020 Academic Honors Convocations

Macomb Spring Convocation
Friday, May 8th @ 1:00 PM
  Western Hall | Macomb, IL
Convocation Instructions

Quad Cities Spring Convocation
Sunday, May 10th @ 12:00 PM
  TaxSlayer Center | Moline, IL

Fall 2020 Academic Honors Convocation

Fall Convocation
Friday, December 18th, Time TBD
  Western Hall | Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of baccalaureate degree candidates each fall and spring semester at its Academic Honors Convocation ceremonies. Baccalaureate degree candidates are recognized and awarded medallions based on the following criteria:
Academic Distinction

Baccalaureate degree candidates who meet university academic distinction requirements may graduate as Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude.

  • Cum Laude : 3.60 to 3.74 GPA for all work completed
  • Magna Cum Laude : 3.75 to 3.89 GPA for all work completed
  • Summa Cum Laude : 3.90 or higher GPA for all work completed

Department Scholar
Department Scholars are the outstanding degree candidates in an academic major as determined by the faculty in the major department.

College Scholar
Each of WIU’s four academic colleges, the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, and the Centennial Honors College select a graduating senior as the college’s outstanding student, who is designated as the College Scholar

Centennial Honors Scholar

A Centennial Honors Scholar is a student in the Centennial Honors College who has successfully completed: