Graduating with Honors

University Honors

To be considered for University Honors for graduation, an undergraduate student must have completed a minimum of 45 units of work at California State University, San Bernardino in courses for which letter grades (A, B, C and D) were received. University Honors for commencement are based on the student's units and grade point average through the end of the quarter prior to commencement.

  • Summa Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.9 or above and a grade point average of 3.9 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear gold and maroon cords.
  • Magna Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.75 or above and a grade point average of 3.75 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear a gold cord.
  • Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or above and a grade point average of 3.5 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear a maroon cord.

Undergraduate candidates receiving University Honors for degrees are listed in the Commencement Program. Honors are based on the students units and grade point average through the end of the quarter prior to commencement.

Honor Cord: Undergraduate students who have earned University Honors are eligible to wear an honor cord as a special mark of the distinction achieved. Qualified undergraduate students will be sent an e-mail. You must present your letter at the Coyote Bookstore in order to purchase your honor cord. Graduate students do not wear honor cords.

Departmental Honors

Individual departments may award departmental honors at graduation, recognizing distinguished students majoring in that field. The requirements to be met to earn honors are specified by the respective departments. Departmental honors are currently awarded in accounting and finance, anthropology, Arabic, art, biology, chemistry, communication, computer engineering, computer science, criminal justice, economics, English, environmental studies, French, geography, geology, health science, history, human development, human services, information and decision sciences, kinesiology, liberal studies, management, marketing, mathematics, music, nursing, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology and Spanish.

President's Academic Excellence Scholarship (PAES)

San Bernardino County high school students who rank in the top one percent of their graduating class are eligible to receive the President's Academic Excellence Scholarship (PAES) at Cal State San Bernardino. The Presidential Scholars Program is made possible through the generous support of local corporations, foundations and individuals.

Honor Societies

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is a National Honor Society. Invitations are mailed out mid-March to the top 10 percent of graduate students and seniors, and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Show your pride of affiliation with Phi Kappa Phi by wearing a Phi Kappa Phi recognition item during commencement.

Chapter President: Pamela Schram, Ph.D, Associate Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chapter Coordinator: Aj Hernandez

Office Phone Number: (909) 537-3094
Email: ahernand@csusb.edu
Website: The Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI

Golden Key International Honour Society

Candidates for Golden Key International Honour Society are selected from juniors, seniors and graduate students in the upper 15 percent of their class. Golden Key International was founded at the Georgia State University in 1977; California State University, San Bernardino's chapter was established in 2002.

Advisor: Jonathan Gonzalez-Montelongo
Office Phone Number: (909) 537-3929
Email: jgonzalez-montelongo@csusb.edu
Website: Golden Key International Honour Society 

Phi Beta Delta

Candidates for the Honor Society for International Scholars Phi Beta Delta are nominated by active members of the society. Domestic students who qualify for membership must have excelled in their studies abroad classes and have, if an undergraduate, a 3.2 grade point average, or if a graduate, a 3.5 grade point average. International students must have an excellent academic record at CSUSB: if an undergraduate, a 3.2 GPA, if a graduate, a 3.5 GPA. Phi Beta Delta was founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986; California State University, San Bernardino's chapter was established in 1995.

Office Phone Number: (909) 537-5193 
Website: Phi Beta Delta Honor Society