To be eligible for a degree with distinction, a student must have completed at least 56 semester hours of coursework through Eastern Illinois University and must satisfy the required grade point average.
Eligible students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.90 to 4.00 are graduated summa cum laude; those with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 through 3.89 are graduated magna cum laude; and those with a cumulative GPA of 3.65 through 3.79 are graduated cum laude.
Students who qualify for degrees with distinction wear an appropriate chevron as part of their academic attire at commencement and their names appear in the commencement program as being awarded Degrees with Distinction.
All grades earned at EIU are counted in computing the cumulative GPA. Grades earned during the final grading period are not used for compiling the tentative list developed for commencement. Transcript notations of graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are based on the student’s total cumulative GPA, including the final grading period.
Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) is an honor society for adult students in higher education. Membership is by invitation only. Students must be in the top 20 percent of their major and they need to have earned at least 24 hours through EIU.
An induction ceremony is held on campus each year whereby students take the membership pledge and receive the opportunity to purchase an honor cord which may be worn during the commencement ceremony.
The Dean’s List at Eastern Illinois University recognizes undergraduate students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 - 4.00 while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours, excluding credit/no credit grades. The Dean’s List is generated in the fall and spring semesters only.