Centennial Honors College


President Thomas and Honors Student at Convocation

Fall 2018 Academic Honors Convocation    

Friday, December 14th @ 5:30 PM
Western Hall, Macomb Campus
Convocation Instructions

 Spring 2019 Academic Honors Convocations

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Macomb Spring Convocation
Friday, May 10th @ 2:00 PM
Western Hall, Macomb Campus
Convocation Instructions: Macomb

Quad Cities Spring Convocation
Sunday, May 12th @ 12:00 PM
TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Illinois
Convocation Instructions: Quad Cities


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:

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

Departmental Scholar

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

Honors Scholar

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.

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.

QC Honors Convocation