Students who are interested in applying for Graduation with Honors must first be inducted into NHSDA. If they have not, see the Steps to Student Induction
. All students must be inducted before receiving Graduation with Honors. It is recommended that these be spread out over a few semesters to allow students adequate time to complete the additional points and writing sample. Regardless of the timing of the Induction and Graduation with Honors processes, the fee will apply twice as the student is sent two separate certificates, one for Induction and one for Graduation with Honors.
At the Collegiate Level, the student must hold an NDEO Undergraduate or Graduate Student Membership at time of Graduation with Honors, maintain a GPA of at least 3.5/4.0, and earn a minimum of number points of approved activities in three strands (Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement) in 6 of 10 categories as cited in the NHSDA Collegiate National Point System.
Students should continue to track their points using the Points Tracking Form on www.nhsda-ndeo.org
, or using another method such as a spreadsheet, portfolio, or online system. Documentation must be submitted to the Chapter Sponsor by the requested deadline (to be determined by the sponsor). The Chapter Sponsor will then log in to www.nhsda-ndeo.org
to confer the Graduation with Honors, using the information recorded on the student’s application. The student does not need to apply online for Graduation with Honors.
The Chapter Sponsor should explain the criteria for Graduation with Honors and notify students that records of their activities will be maintained. Records for each prospective and active inductee should be made available for their perusal. The Chapter Sponsor also should provide a calendar that specifies deadlines for submitting documentation for Graduation with Honors.
The Chapter Sponsor will be responsible for approving / verifying points earned and for determining when each student has met the criteria for Graduation with Honors. Once documentation of points has been provided by the student, the Chapter Sponsor will fill out an Induction Rubric with the Graduation with Honors information for each applicant to maintain for the Chapter’s records. They can then log on to www.nhsda-ndeo.org
to confer the Graduation with Honors. The Chapter Sponsor should submit induction approvals and payments at least three weeks before the induction ceremony
in order to allow ample time for the NDEO home office to print and mail the induction certificates.
Chapter Sponsors must also complete the transaction for Graduation with Honors fees (which include the certificate) and order the optional honor pins or cords if desired by students. Students/parents cannot pay individual induction fees or order pins or cords.
The Chapter Sponsor should tell students to have all proof of points earned turned in at least 5 weeks before the graduation ceremony date.
This gives the teacher a week to assimilate the names/points, complete the Graduation with Honors Rubric for each student, confer Graduation with Honors at www.nhsda-ndeo.org
, collect the fees, submit payment through the NDEO Institutional membership at www.ndeo.org
, order the pins or honor cords and plan the optional recognition ceremony. Please note that Graduation with Honors certificates and Honor Cords will be mailed to school address, so please plan to have them arrive before staff leaves for Winter or Summer break.
What do students get when they receive Graduation with Honors?
All students will receive official certificates at the time of Graduation with Honors printed and mailed to the school from the NDEO Home Office. There is an additional fee for the blue/white Honor Cords, which may be purchased at the time of Induction, OR when confering Graduation with Honors, at the Chapter Sponsor's discretion. See Program Costs
for information on fees and how to submit payment.
When are students granted Graduation with Honors?
NHSDA Graduation with Honors recognition is conducting on a rolling basis, with Chapter Sponsors determining the timeline for recognition that works best for the Chapter. There is no national deadline for granting Graduation with Honors status to an Inductee.
The Chapter Sponsor may decide to confer the recognition at a public ceremony (other than graduation), or may choose to distribute the materials privately. In either case, the student should wear the honor cord at all graduation ceremonies, provided it is allowed for in school policy.