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Awards and Honors

While the information is as accurate as possible, in the case of any discrepancies between this webpage and the student's catalog of record, the catalog will be the final authority. Online catalogs can be found here.


Academic Awards

  • The Dean’s List is a recognition given for the undergraduate work in a semester to those students who have earned 12 or more semester hours excluding Pass-Fail hours whose grade-point average is 3.200 or higher, with no grade of “I” and no grade below “C.”
    - The medal is worn on the cadet uniform during the following semester
    - A Dean’s List certificate will be awarded to non-cadet students who meet the requirements for Dean’s List for the work in a semester
  • Gold Stars are awarded to those students on the Dean’s List who have made a grade-point average of 3.700 or higher for the work of a semester
    - Stars can only be worn on the cadet uniform if the cadet earned them in the previous semester
    - A Gold Star Recognition certificate will be awarded to non-cadet students who meet the requirements for Gold Stars for the work of a semester.

Commencement Honors

  • Commencement Awards are restricted to those graduates who have earned and are using to satisfy graduation requirements a minimum of 90 semester hours.
  • Annually, the Board of Visitors recognizes the two top graduates of the Corps of Cadets by presenting at Commencement the David Shingler Spell Honor Graduate Awards, honoring David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950.
  • The First Honor Graduate receives the traditional Scholarship Medal and both the First and Second Honor Graduates receive an appropriately inscribed plaque and a stipend to be used for educational expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient.
  • These honors are awarded to the cadet graduates whose grade-point averages at The Citadel are highest and second highest among the graduating cadet class.
  • In case of a tie, grades in courses taken under the Pass-Fail option are included in computing the grade-point average.
  • In those cases where the grade-point averages are still identical, the total number of quality points earned is used to break the tie.

To be eligible to graduate with honors and to be eligible for departmental honors, a student must have earned at The Citadel at least half of the semester hours required in the major course of study.

  • A degree summa cum laude is awarded to those students in the graduating class who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.900-4.000.
  • A degree magna cum laude is awarded to those students in the graduating class who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.700-3.899.
  • A degree cum laude is awarded to those students in the graduating class who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.500-3.699.

School/Departmental Honors are awarded on the recommendation of deans/ department heads to those students of the graduating class who have earned a gradepoint average of 3.500 or better in at least 36 hours of work in the major completed at The Citadel.

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