Centennial Honors College
Western Illinois University recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of baccalaureate degree candidates each fall and spring semester at its Academic Honors Convocation ceremonies. The Macomb Academic Honors Convocation is typically held the afternoon preceding the Macomb commencement ceremonies. The Quad Cities Academic Honors Convocation is held in the spring just prior to the Quad Cities commencement ceremony. Baccalaureate degree candidates are recognized and awarded medallions based on the following criteria:
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
Departmental Scholars are the outstanding degree candidates in an academic major as determined by the faculty in the major department.
An Honors Scholar is a student in the Centennial Honors College who has completed a set of honors requirements in the general education curriculum, a major, or both, and has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.4.
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.