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Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to all of our Honors graduates! To learn more about preparation for graduation and how to receive recognition use the resources below.

Apply For honors Recognition

Learn more about the graduation process and finding graduation materials

Students need to apply to graduate from WVU. If you have previously completed the Honors Foundations program and/or currently on track to complete the Honors EXCEL program you will need to complete an Honors Recognition Form. 

After completing the Honors Recognition Form, you will need to complete the Honors Pre-Exit Interview Form. The Honors Pre-Exit Interview Form consists of a series of demographic questions. 

Upon the submission of both forms, students will have completed the Honors Graduation Process. 

Please note that the Honors College reaches out to prospective graduates in the first few weeks of the semester who intend to graduate with detailed information and a timeline for the completion of these forms. The Honors Recognition Form is typically due mid-semester and the Honors Pre-Exit Interview Form is due toward the end of the semester. 

Whether you are an Honors Foundations Scholar, Honors EXCEL Scholar, or Honors Laureate (completing both programs), your Honors College accomplishments will be noted both on your diploma and transcript. 

Email us at if you have any questions.

How to Apply

Students can visit the Office of the University Registrar website for a step-by-step guide to apply for graduation.

Visit the Registrar Website

Deadlines to Apply

Students must apply during the term they intend to graduate


  • Application Opens: Jan 17, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Mar 10, 2024
  • Degree Posting: Mid to late May


  • Application Opens: May 23, 2024
  • Application Deadline: July 7, 2024
  • Degree Posting: Mid to late August

Complete the Exit Survey

There will be an exit survey sent directly to Honors Foundations Scholars, Honors EXCEL Scholars, and Honors Laureate Scholars. Each scholar group will have a unique survey. This pre-exit survey will request your name (so we can confirm your completion of the survey), information about your major(s) and minor(s), and your future plans.


Join us in celebrating graduates…

See what Honors has planned to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s Honors Seniors. We hope you’ll join us to congratulate the dedicated students of our community.

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Graduation Attire

Learn about graduation attire for each type of Honors student

If you are planning to walk at WVU Commencement, don’t forget that as an Honors student you should order a gold cap and gown. Your commencement attire will look different depending on the program(s) you completed. You can order from either of the following locations:

  • WVU Bookstore
  • Online at Herff Jones
    • Click "Order a Cap and Gown"
    • Select "WVU Honors"

Honors Foundations Scholars

Honors Foundations Scholars should order a gold cap and gown.

A graduate wearing a gold Honors Foundations robe

Honors EXCEL Scholars

Honors EXCEL Scholars should order a gold cap and gown. You will also be awarded an Honors EXCEL medallion prior to commencement.

a graduate wearing a gold Honors EXCEL robe and lanyard medallion

Honors Laureates

Honors Laureates, who completed both the Honors Foundations and Honors EXCEL programs, should order a gold cap and gown. To recognize your perseverance and hard work through both Honors programs, you will be awarded an Honors Laureate stole prior to commencement.

a graduate wearing a gold Honors Laureate robe and blue Honors Laureate stole

Honors college awards

Learn about the awards offered by the Honors Community to recognize outstanding community members.

WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Award

A Selection Committee will choose from among the applicants an estimated 1% of the graduating class as WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors.

Order of Augusta

From the students chosen as WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors, no more than 12-15 students will be invited to interview for induction into the WVU Order of Augusta.

J and C Nath Outstanding Honors Graduate Award

One or more students are selected each year as Honors College Outstanding Graduates. The award is granted by a committee of Honors faculty and staff. Nominations can be made by any WVU student, alumni, faculty member or advisor (with the exception of full

Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award for the Humanities and Social Science

The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award is presented annually to a student for outstanding research contributions in the humanities or social sciences that have culminated in the production of an exceptional thesis or capstone research paper.