Candidates who graduate with Distinction (crimson), High Distinction (cream), and Highest Distinction (cream and crimson) are entitled to wear cords called fourragères on their left shoulders.
Recorders in each school distribute fourragères to qualified students before Commencement.See school-by-school honors criteria
Schools and departments offer honors programs for students who excel academically and seek an enriched and challenging learning environment.
Graduates who fulfill the requirements of these programs receive a notation on their diplomas and are eligible to wear gold honor cords, which are provided by the participating schools and departments. The requirements for graduating with honors are different for each school. Contact your recorder for more information.
Service members on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves, as well as veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, are entitled to wear a twisted cord of red, white, and blue. ROTC graduates who will commission on or immediately after graduation are also eligible.
Armed service cords may be worn only by the individual who has served, is serving, or will serve; friends, relatives, and beneficiaries are not eligible. Graduates should check with the Center for Veteran and Military Students to obtain a cord. Proof of service, such as DD214 or a military ID card is required.