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Honor Cord Guidelines

Graduating seniors may wear up to five graduation cords. Each cord is to represent one of the honors, memberships, and/or academic distinctions listed below. Each graduation cord must be either the unaltered specific approved cord of the honor society or the generic cord supplied by the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude)
  • Membership in an academic honor society, including Honors & Scholars (see list below)
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Wesleyan Scholar
  • Membership in PORTfolio
  • Study Abroad

The advisor of an honor society whose members have cords should submit for the approval of the President of Student Government Association a sample of the cord to be worn at graduation. The submission should be made to the Office of the Dean of Students.

If an honor society or other designated group does not have cords, the Office of Academic Affairs (210 Clarke Hall) will supply a single generic or "unity" cord, in Marlin colors, to graduating members. The honor society advisor should submit a list of members who will need the unity cord ​to the Academic Affairs office. Please note that Academic Affairs will supply no more than one cord to any graduating senior. Unity cords will be distributed by Student Government representatives at commencement rehearsals. Please note that Study Abroad students can wear the unity cord, but not a Study Abroad sash.

Any student who will be wearing cords for Commencement must bring her or his cords to the commencement rehearsal for approval by representatives from the Student Government Association. Cords must be checked in at rehearsals in order to be worn at commencement. Students will be instructed at rehearsals on the appropriate way to wear their cords. Student Government Association representatives will perform spot checks to make sure the cords are worn appropriately on the day of commencement.

Virginia Wesleyan College recognizes the following Academic Honor societies:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda (Adult Honors)
  • Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
  • Chi Alpha Sigma (Athletic Academic Honors)
  • Delta Phi Alpha (German)
  • Eta Sigma Phi  (Greek/Latin)
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek)
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry)
  • Honors and Scholars Association (Academic Achievement)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership & Scholarship)
  • Order of Omega (Greek)
  • Phi Alpha (Social Work)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honors)
  • Pi Delta Phi (French)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • PORTfolio
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Rho Lambda (Panhellenic)
  • Rho Phi Lambda (Recreation & Leisure)
  • Sigma Beta Delta (Business, Management & Administration)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Sigma Zeta (Science & Mathematics)
  • The Society for Collegiate Journalists (Journalism)
  • Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies/Theology)

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