Cords, Medallions and Stoles

Andrews University graduates may be eligible for several honor cords. The Honors office distributes the honor cords listed below. Cords can be picked up in the Honors office (108 Nethery Hall) as follows:
   Spring - beginning April 23:  Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.; special opening only on Friday before graduation: 9-11:30 a.m.
   Summer - beginning July 23  Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m.; special opening only on Friday before graduation: 9-11:30 a.m.

Students should double-check eligibility :
  • Red (a generic cord for both undergraduates and graduate students and signifying membership in a discipline-specific honors society)
  • Gold, blue and white (for undergraduates only and signifying successful completion of the J. N. Andrews Honors Program, an earned 3.5 overall GPA, and complete SAGES)
  • White (for undergraduates earning a GPA graduation distinction--see below) 

Designations are conferred at graduation on students who, one semester before graduation, have completed 16 semester hours at Andrews University with the following overall GPAs:
    3.500–3.749  Cum Laude
    3.750–3.899  Magna Cum Laude
    3.900–4.000  Summa Cum Laude

Both the Andrews and Cumulative GPAs must be a minimum of 3.50 in order to be considered for the above designations.

Additional cords, medallions and stoles are available:

  • Silver cord - for Andrews University student missionary/task force workers. Cord distributed by the Office of Campus Ministries
  • Red, white and blue cord - for honorably discharged U.S. veteran students, current students serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, Reserves), and Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students commissioned upon graduation. Cord distributed by the Veterans Affairs Officer in Student Financial Services
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Medallion on blue ribbon - for inducted members. Medallion distributed by Phi Kappa Phi at an induction ceremony
  • Randall Leadership Medallion - for Undergraduate Leadership Certificate and Minor graduates. Medallion distributed by the Office of Undergraduate Leadership
  • Red, black, green and gold Kente stole - for Pan-African students (people of African birth, descent or heritage). Stole distributed by BSCF (pre-order by e-mail)
  • Red and white stole - for members of Andrews University Latino Association. Stole distributed by the Office of International Languages & Global Studies ($10 payable in advance of stole ceremony by cash or check)

Please note that unapproved adornments are not permitted in graduation ceremonies.

Additional Notes on Cultural Stoles
Beginning with the 2018 spring graduation, Andrews University supports the wearing of University-approved stoles to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our campus. The University-approved stoles are:

Kente Stole
The Kente stole is worn by participants who identify with the Pan-African cultural heritage. On the Kente stole the gold emblem is an Adinkra symbol called NEA ONNIM NO SU A, OHU. This translates to “He who does not know can know from learning.” It symbolizes knowledge, lifelong education and the continued quest for knowledge. The red, black, green and gold are the Pan-African (people of African birth, descent or heritage) colors.

AULA Latino Stole
The AULA (Andrews University Latino Association) Latino stole is worn by participants who identify with the Latin American cultural heritage. The colors chosen for the stole, red and white, are present in most Latin American flags and represent two important principles. Red symbolizes the sacrifice of those who died fighting for the freedom and liberty of Latin American countries. White represents the hope that Latin American countries would always be free. AULA (written on the stole) refers to the unity of the diverse Latin American cultures represented in the U.S. in search of academic, social, spiritual, financial and emotional dreams and achievements.