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Cords of Distinction Award

Cords of Distinction 2017

Read the article about last year’s cords of distinction recipients.

Even as we celebrate the contributions of all students to our campus community, The Cords of Distinction award provides a special opportunity to recognize those whose efforts made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society. Up to 10 graduating undergraduate students are recognized annually. Read tributes from faculty and staff for last year’s Cords of Distinction winners.

See the 2017 recipients

Meaning of the Cords of Distinction

Blue: strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas

Gold: love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement

See past recipients of the cords.

Selection Criteria

Any undergraduate senior student who…

  • is participating in this academic year’s commencement (spring, summer, or fall)
  • positively influenced on-campus communities
  • positively influenced the institutional image
  • positively influenced off-campus communities, near or far
  • is in good academic and social standing

Who may nominate a student?

All members of the university community are welcome to submit Cords of Distinction nominations. A selection committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrators will review all nominations. Anonymous nominations are not permitted.