Honors Commendations

Honors Commendations (available through May 2015)

  • Each Honors Commendation earns a certificate.
  • Certificates are presented at the Honors Commendation Ceremony in May.
  • One Honors Commendation = 12 s.h. of honors coursework.
  • Other ways to earn Honors Commendation: research, study abroad, honors teaching practicum, honors internship, honors writing fellows, honors peer advising, etc.

Honors Commendations celebrate achievements by Honors Students, whether through coursework or experiences.  There are many ways to gain Honors Commendations, and Honors encourages its members to earn more than one.

Each Honors Commendation recognizes 12 semester-hours of Honors Courses or roughly equivalent Honors Experiences.  Commended students receive a certificate the University President and Honors Program Director sign, and we present these certificates each spring at the annual Honors Commendation Ceremony.

Please note that, with the establishment of the opportunity to graduate with University Honors, the Honors Commendation program will end in May, 2015. Students who were admitted before summer 2013 and who have earned 24 s.h. or the equivalent in honors classes and experiences may be eligible to graduate with University Honors; contact honors-advisor@uiowa.edu to inquire. Those honors students who will graduate in or before Spring 2015, and who are not pursuing University Honors, may still claim Honors Commendations. 

How to Claim Commendations

To claim Honors Commendations, please email Andrew Willard, Honors Experiential Learning Director, when you begin your final semester before graduation. Provide your name, UID, and a list of honors courses and experiences you hope might be commendable.

  • For honors courses, please include course numbers, semesters, semester-hours, titles, and grades, and graduate-level courses also may count toward Honors Commendations.  To count toward a commendation, courses must be graded B- or higher.
  • For research, study away, teaching, interning, service learning, forensics, or other experiences, please include beginning and ending dates as well as the name and contact information of your supervisor, if appropriate.
  • For study away, interning, and service learning, please consult the Honors Experiential Learning Director prior to beginning these activities to discuss possible arrangements and commendation requirements, which include writing assignments.

Because any Honors Thesis or Project approved by the sponsoring department and submitted to the Honors Program for archiving earns an Honors Commendation, any honors credits earned principally for planning or completing an Honors Thesis or Project may not be (double) counted toward further commendations.

In general, courses and experiences that may count toward University Honors, described above, can alternately earn Commendations.  When in doubt, please call courses or experiences to the attention of Honors Experiential Learning Director Andrew Willard, in case they might qualify.

At the Honors Commendation Ceremony held at the end of each spring semester, graduating honors students receive their commendation certificates and honors cords, if graduating with honors in the major.