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CU Honors College

Honors Graduation Requirements


An Honors student with her family at the 2019 awards ceremony.

Honors graduates who complete (at minimum) a General, Departmental, or Interdisciplinary Honors program have the option of participating in two graduation ceremonies.

Every year, Clemson Honors hosts an awards ceremony where students who complete a General, Departmental, or Interdisciplinary Honors program are presented with a Clemson Honors medallion.

All graduating Clemson Honors students are also welcome to participate in the Clemson University graduation ceremony.

Questions About Your Honors Graduation? 

Email our Honors Advising Team at

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The Spring 2023 Clemson Honors Awards Ceremony will be held on May 10, 2023 at the Brooks Center for the Peforming Arts. Ceremonies will be held as follows:

  • 3 p.m. - College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences; and College of Science
  • 6 p.m. - College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; College of Business; College of Education; and College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences

Upcoming Honors Awards Ceremony dates:

  • Fall 2023 - December 20, 2023 at 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2024 - May 8, 2024

Find out which forms you have to complete and how to prepare for the Clemson Honors Awards and University-wide celebrations!

  • Honors Candidacy and Distinction Verification Forms

    The Honors College requires all graduating honors students (active or presently inactive), who have successfully completed honors requirements for the distinctions below, to fill out the Honors Candidacy Form and the Honors Distinction Verification Form.

    Honors distinctions are:

    • General Honors
    • Departmental honors
    • Interdisciplinary Honors
    • General Honors and Departmental Honors
    • General Honors and Interdisciplinary Honors

    Do not be late in submitting your two forms. Failure to do so may result in your not receiving your certificate and medallion before graduation. It may also prevent your diploma/transcript from reflecting your honors credit as well.

    If you are graduating with General Honors ONLY, please complete the following forms:

    If you are graduating with General and Departmental (or Interdisciplinary) Honors OR Departmental (or Interdisciplinary) Honors, please complete the following forms:

    If you are graduating in:

    • December: deadline to submit the Honors Candidacy Form and the Honors Distinction Verification Form is September 13.
    • May: deadline to submit the Honors Candidacy Form and the Honors Distinction Form is January 31.
    • August: deadline to submit the Honors Candidacy Form and the Honors Distinction  Verification Form is June 1. 

    You will receive a confirmation email within 4 weeks from submission of your Honors Candidacy Form (except for August, which will be within 2 weeks).

    If you do not receive a verification email, it is your responsibility to send an email to our Honors Advising team checking on the status of your form.

  • Clemson Honors Awards Ceremony

    The Honors Awards Ceremony is only for students who have (at the minimum) completed General, Departmental or Interdisciplinary Honors.

    You will receive an invitation by email to attend. 

    When you fill out the forms needed for graduation, please send a picture of yourself doing something interesting to our Honors Advising Team.

    We'll share your photo in the slide show before the ceremony (and that your family and friends will see!).

  • Stoles

    The Honors College does not have a stole.

    Omicron Delta Kappa is the organization through which you find information about available stoles.

    Please note that they have a STRICT DEADLINE FOR ORDERING STOLES and you need to order them early.

    You will also receive a medallion from the Honors College to wear at graduation.

  • Graduation Announcements

    Graduation announcements can be ordered through Balfour.

    There is now an option to add "Clemson University Honors College" in the honors section.

  • Cap and Gown

    Please visit the Clemson University Bookstore website for details about how to purchase your cap and gown.

  • University Graduation Information

    Please don't forget — you must apply for Clemson University graduation. If you have missed the deadline you will need to go to Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall, to fill out a paper form. There is a fee if you are late submitting.

    The Office of the Registrar provides Clemson University graduation information, including:

    • Graduation Application
    • Parent Information
    • Graduation Calendar