Academic Honors and Awards

Our top students can achieve a variety of recognitions and honors through numerous honor societies, designations and awards. These points of pride are impressive to future employers and graduate schools, and serve to remind our graduates of the hard work they've achieved while at Emmanuel.

In January and June, the College announces those students named to the Dean's List who have achieved the following:

  • A grade point average of 3.5 with four graded courses (no pass/fail) and
  • No incomplete grades at the close of the term.

The records of students in designated IP (in progress) courses are individually evaluated for honors. In order to be eligible for term honors, students must have been officially accepted into their degree program.

Emmanuel is home to 16 national and/or international student honor societies. Students should speak to their faculty advisor to review membership requirements for these organizations. 

  • Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociology Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta - National Biology Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon - National Chemistry Honor Society
  • Kappa Gamma Pi - The National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society 
  • Kappa Pi - Art Honor Society
  • Omicrom Delta Kappa - National Leadership Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta - National History Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Delta - Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Pi Lambda Theta - International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
  • Pi Mu Epsilon - The National Mathematics Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - The National Political Science Honor Society
  • Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Beta Delta - International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration
  • Sigma Iota Rho - The Honor Society for International Studies
  • Sigma Tau Delta - International English Honor Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International - Honor Society of Nursing
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
  • Theta Alpha Kappa - National Honor Society for Theology and Religious Studies

Latin Honors—cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude—are awarded at graduation to bachelor's degree candidates who have achieved the highest scholastic performance among their peers, and have competed at least 64 credits at Emmanuel College. Latin Honors are awarded to members of the graduating class as listed below:

  • Summa cum laude - top 4.5% of class
  • Magna cum laude - next 9.5% of class
  • Cum laude - next 15% of the class

Distinction in the Field of Concentration
Students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 in major courses have the opportunity to complete a significant research project to graduate with distinction in their field of concentration. The projects are determined in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and presented on Senior Distinction Day, which takes place in April of each year.

Distinction in the Field of Individualized Majors
For students with an individualized major, in addition to earning a 3.5 average in all courses in the major program, a project must be completed as part of a capstone course or culminating experience. The project must be approved for distinction by two faculty members representing different academic disciplines within the individualized major. Transfer students' qualification for honors is based on the grade point average achieved at Emmanuel College.

Learn more about our most recent Distinction in the Field Candidates.

Established in November 1988, the Sister Marie Barry Scholars Program recognizes nursing students who have completed two graded courses during a term with a grade point average of 3.5 or better (no pass/fail) and no grades of incomplete. Sister Marie Barry served as President at Emmanuel from 1969 to 1975 and welcomed the first group of adult student learners to campus in September of 1974.

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