Honor Cords

Honor Cords

Select groups of graduating students will be wearing honor cords during Class Day, University Commencement, and other Columbia graduation ceremonies. The honors are listed below and will be denoted in the GS Class Day program.

Summa Cum Laude | Gold Cord

The summa cum laude cord is awarded to graduating seniors with a minimum 3.9 GPA. These graduates are honored with a gold cord on the morning of GS Class Day. The honor is also noted on the student's diploma and transcript.

Students must have completed all coursework and all grades must be posted for Latin honors to be read at GS Class Day. Since October 2018 and February 2019 graduates have not completed all coursework these graduates are not eligible for Latin honors to be read at GS Class Day. These honors will be noted on the student's diploma and transcript upon completion of coursework.

For a complete overview of Latin and departmental honors, please visit the Academic Honors page.

Office of Multicultural Affairs | Navy Blue and White Cord

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the OMA Graduation Cords are given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.  

Nominations for Office of Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cords

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5 p.m.

Students, faculty, and staff can nominate any graduating senior in Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies.

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Military Service Recognition | Red, White, and Blue Cord

Students graduating from Columbia University who serve, have served, or will be serving after graduation in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to wear an honor cord at Commencement Week ceremonies in recognition of their service to our country. To request a cord, please visit the Dean of Students Office in 403 Lewisohn Hall during business hours.

GS Leadership | Green and White Cord

The GS Leadership Cords are awarded to students who have received a Spirit Award, Dean’s Citation, Alumni Key Award, or Campbell Award during their time at the School of General Studies. These graduates are honored with a green and white cord. To request a cord, please visit the GS Student Life Office in 308B Lewisohn Hall during business hours.

Dual BA & Joint Program | Red and Silver Cord

The GS Dual BA & Joint Program Cords are awarded to graduates of the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University, and the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. These graduates are honored with a red and silver cord. To request a cord, please visit the Dean of Students Office in 403 Lewisohn Hall during business hours.

Program for Academic Leadership and Service (PALS) | Navy Blue Stole

The Program for Academic Leadership and Service (PALS) provides access to a Columbia undergraduate education for students who have a demonstrated commitment to leadership and service. These graduates are honored with a navy blue stole. To request a stole, please visit the Dean of Students Office in 403 Lewisohn Hall during business hours.

Senior Marshals | Gold Aiguillettes

Senior Marshals are members of the graduating class who have been selected to lead the class procession. Senior Marshals wear gold aiguillettes on their shoulders.

LGBTQA Leadership | Rainbow Tassel

Lavender Graduation is an LGBTQA leadership award ceremony for Columbia and Barnard students, faculty, and staff. Graduates who attend Lavender Graduation are recognized with a rainbow tassel.