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ASL Honor Society

asl honor society

The American Sign Language Honor Society recognizes outstanding academic achievement in ASL studies with three honors:

    • Honor Cords
    • Alice Cogswell Medal
    • Laurent Clerc Medal

To receive one or more of the honors, students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for each, which includes both GPA and community service hours. For any honors to be conferred, a student must attend a campus with an active ASLHS chapter and have a sponsor in good standing of a certification in master level of American Sign Language Teachers Association. For purposes of grade point average computation, eligible ASL coursework includes ASL language, ASL literature, and Deaf studies. Interpretation coursework is not eligible.

Descriptions of honors & eligibility requirements:

honor cords

Honor Cords

Honor cords may be worn at graduation or induction ceremonies if the student meets these eligibility requirements:

    1. Is a student at a high school, senior high school, or other secondary institution;
    2. Has studied ASL for at least two years;
    3. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5/B+ in his/her ASL coursework;
    4. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.2/B in all other subjects;
    5. Completion of at least five (5) hours of community service that benefits the Deaf community.

Please note: Honor cords are available only to high school/senior high/secondary programs.

alice cogswell medal

Alice Cogswell Medal

The Alice Cogswell Medal may be worn at graduation or induction ceremonies if the student meets these eligibility requirements:

    1. Is a student at a community college or 4-year college /university;
    2. Has studied ASL for at least two years;
    3. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5/B+ in his/her ASL coursework;
    4. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.2/B in all other subjects;
    5. Completion of at least five (5) hours of community service that benefits the Deaf community.
laurent clerc medal

Laurent Clerc Medal

The Laurent Clerc Medal is the only ASLHS honor open to ASL students at both the high school and college levels if the following eligibility requirements are met:

    1. Is a high school or college student;
    2. Has studied ASL for at least three years;
    3. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.7/A- in his/her ASL coursework;
    4. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5/B+ in all other subjects;
    5. Completion of at least ten (10) hours of community service that benefits the Deaf community.

Photos of Clemson ASLHS are posted in Clemson ASL Club Facebook group.

Link to ASL Honor Society: http://www.aslhonorsociety.org

Faculty Adviser: Prof. William (Bo) Clements (wrcleme@clemson.edu)