Graduate medallions

May 08, 2013

Students honored for academic achievement

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than 400 students will wear special medallions and cords during Southern Illinois University Carbondale commencement ceremonies this weekend that reflect significant academic achievement.

In addition, graduating student military veterans will wear red, white and blue cords provided by the University in recognition of their sacrifice, commitment and service to our country.

The 435 students were honored during the University’s inaugural Academic Excellence Recognition Ceremony on April 29.

“These students are leaders and role models,” Chancellor Rita Cheng said. “They have made wonderful contributions to our University and our communities, and we wanted to recognize them for their incredible commitment.”

Among the 435 earning recognition, 237 students earned Cum Laude distinction, signifying a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.749; 113 students earned Magna Cum Laude distinction, signifying a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.899, and 77 students earned Summa Cum Laude distinction, carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.9 to 4.0. In addition, eight other University Honors Program students received honors for their GPA.

The recognition also includes 11 SIU Carbondale student-athletes who maintained a GPA of at least 3.5.

Commencement exercises are set for Saturday, May 11, at the SIU Arena. There will be three separate commencement ceremonies for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  Commencement ceremonies are open to the public, and there is no ticket requirement. Full details are available at