CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Release: Dec. 16, 2002
UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to honor top graduates
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has invited
the College’s top December graduates to the semi-annual Commencement
Honors Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the North Room
at the Iowa Memorial Union.
The reception honors students who have earned highest distinction, high distinction,
distinction or honors in a particular department and gives them an opportunity
to introduce their parents, families and guests to collegiate faculty and
administrators, including Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Maxson said she initiated this tradition in May 1998 at the end of her first
academic year at the UI to give additional recognition to the college's highest
"These students are simply outstanding in their fields and have achieved
a level of excellence that deserves extra attention," she said.
To graduate with honors, students must complete the honors requirements for
their major, including an honors thesis supervised by a faculty advisor. Students
graduating with honors wear white cordons draped over their shoulders at the
Earning distinction, high distinction or highest distinction depends on the
student's class rank. Students in the top 2 percent of the class (for December
2002 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages between 3.98-4.00)
earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest 3 percent (for December
2002, 3.87-3.97 GPA) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest 5
percent (for December 2002, 3.73-3.86 GPA) earn distinction.
To graduate with distinction students must also have completed the final
60 semester hours in residence in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
and at least 45 of the final 60 semester hours must have been completed prior
to the final semester of registration. These students can be identified at
commencement by stars worn on the left sleeve: three stars for highest distinction,
two stars for high distinction, and one star for distinction.