BGS students have the opportunity to earn academic distinctions and honors at WIU by means of the following:
Students who have completed all requirements for the BGS as well as the requirement of the Centennial Honors College may graduate with distinctions Lower Division Honors, Upper Division Honors or University Honors Scholar.
To learn more about graduating with honors, visit the Honors College Website: http://www.wiu.edu/centennial_honors_college/mac_program.php
Outstanding baccalaureate degree candidates who meet university academic distinction requirements may graduate with the following academic distinction:
- Cum Laude-- Students who have completed 60 or more hours of coursework at WIU and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 to 3.74 for all work completed.
- Magna Cum Laude—Students who have completed 60 or more hours of coursework at WIU and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89 for all work completed.
- Summa Cum Laude—Students who have completed 60 or more hours of coursework at WIU and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher for all work completed.
Each of WIU’s four academic colleges, the School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach, and the Centennial Honors College select its outstanding graduating senior to receive the college scholar award. The School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach identifies this distinction as the Cecile A. Christison Sterrett College Scholar. The college scholar will receive an engraved medallion featuring the University seal to wear at the WIU Commencement Ceremony.
Candidates for college scholar must meet the following criteria:
- Have an approved graduation application on file in the degree program office.
- Have completed 30 hours of WIU coursework prior to the term in which the ceremony takes place. In progress coursework cannot be included.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher for all work completed at WIU.
Students meeting the above criteria will receive a notification letter from the BGS degree program office in February or September. To be considered for college scholar, each applicant must agree in writing to attend the Academic Honors Convocation, a commencement ceremony in either Macomb or the Quad Cities, and the BGS Open House held in Macomb. Each applicant must submit a completed student information sheet and two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a WIU faculty member. Additional information will be provided in the notification letter.
Scholarly Achievements Recognized at Honors Convocation
Western Illinois University recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of baccalaureate degree candidates each fall and spring semester at the Academic Honors Convocation, typically held the afternoon preceding commencement. Baccalaureate degree candidates are recognized and awarded medallions. View the list of recent honor recipients.
National Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) is a national honor society for non-traditional students. Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The WIU chapter is named Nu Alpha. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program have the opportunity to join this distinguished society if the following criteria are met:
Students must have at least 24 graded WIU hours, to include at least 12 hours in liberal arts (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, math and multicultural studies) with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.20. Students must have recent academic activity and have no history of significant academic difficulty.
Students meeting the above criteria will receive a notification letter from the BGS degree program office.