Awards and Honors
Presented to Recipients of the Bachelor's Degree
Distinguished members of the graduating class are eligible to receive a number of awards and honors, including the following:
Graduation Honors — Undergraduates completing their course of study with a minimum of 30 semester hours earned at Aurora University will graduate with academic honors. Graduation Honors require the following cumulative grade-point average:
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 to 4.00
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 to 3.899
- Cum Laude: 3.50 to 3.749
Gold Ivy Leaf Award — Undergraduates with superior scholarship who have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours for a letter grade at Aurora University and are graduating with at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA (Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude honors) receive the Gold Ivy Award. Those earning this designation by March 15 preceding Commencement will be invited to the Honors Convocation.
Graduation Honors and the Gold Ivy Leaf Award listed in the Commencement program are based upon the student’s academic standing and hours earned by March 15 preceding Commencement. Final honors reflected on students' academic transcripts and diplomas will be based upon all of their undergraduate academic coursework completed at Aurora University. Graduation Honors are signified by a blue and white cord that students wear as part of their regalia. The Gold Ivy Leaf Award is signified by a gold medal that students may wear. The cord is provided at cap and gown pick up to students who achieve Graduation Honors. The Gold Ivy Leaf Award medal is given at Honors Convocation. Those who attain the Gold Ivy Leaf Award after Honors Convocation, may request to have their medal mailed to their diploma address.
Spartan Award — The Spartan Award is presented to a graduating senior who has made outstanding contributions to the life of the university. Students nominated should embody the university's commitment to character and scholarship. Selection criteria include at least two of the following categories:
- Leadership role(s) in a recognized student organization that demonstrates the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in an educational setting.
- Leadership role(s) in a recognized athletic field that serves others in continuous learning and improvement.
- Service to the community indicative of respect, fairness and ethical conduct.
Lincoln Laureate— Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Omicron Delta Kappa — Eligibility for membership in the National Leadership Honor Society is based on established national guidelines. Candidates must rank in the upper 35 percent in scholarship and must show leadership in at least one of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; or creative and performing arts.
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society — Eligibility for membership in the Freshman Honor Society is based on first time, full-time university attendance and a term grade-point average of 3.50 during the freshman year.
Dunham Scholars — This program seeks out a special kind of student, one chosen for his or her academic accomplishments, as much as for character, work ethic and potential. It is designed to ensure the success of American enterprise by providing a select group of unique and deserving students with an innovative academic experience that will prepare them to thrive and prosper in their communities and in a dynamic world environment.
Undergraduates who were members of an honors society may receive an honor cord symbolizing achievements throughout their academic career. Please check with the organization to see if they provide honor cords.