Distinction in the major

The department of psychology recognizes graduating students with distinction in the major. You need to apply to be considered. If you have done excellent work in or out of the classroom and/or have contributed to the department in some way you should apply! Please see the application form for details.

The application consists of several essay-type questions about you. Read the application thoroughly. We suggest you write the essays in another program (Word, GoogleDoc, etc...) and revise for clarity. Finally, submit when you're ready.

Please ask your PSY faculty if you have questions about the application.

Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:00p

Click here to apply for Distinction
Faculty member and student during 2016 commencement ceremony.

University level awards

Each year students are recognized for their academic and personal achievements. Students with high GPAs earn Latin Honors (e.g., magna cum laude, summa cum laude, and cum laude).

The campus also recognizes four students for truly outstanding achievements through the following awards: The President’s Award for Exemplary Student Achievement, The Provost’s Award, The Alumni Vision Award, and the Social Justice Award. In addition, one student in each major is also recognized for accomplishments in service learning.

For more information, see the student awards page on the commencement website

Student Awards Information
Two students cheering during 2017 commencement ceremony.

2017 Outstanding Future Alumni Award Recipients (PSY)

2017 PSY Outstanding future alumni award recipients.

Photo by: Dr. Danielle Burchett

Top row (from L to R): Brittany Smith, Ricardo Mata, Monica Glover, Michaela Goodenough, Jazzmyne Evans, Waverlee Craig, Talor Hawkins. Bottom row (from L to R): Jaclyn Hatch, Keishell Moore, Purvi Shah, Tarryn Binnings, Janelle Goulart, Rhiannon Saunders, Laura Quiroz, Valerie Guilmette

2017 Provost's Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (PSY)

Student speaking at a podium.

Photo by: Joan Iguban

Isabella Romero speaking at the 2017 commencement ceremony as the Provost's award recipient.