Honors College Scholars

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts awards baccalaureate students in the Honors College the Commonwealth Honors distinction on their degrees. Students in the college who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25, taken 18-24 credits at the honors level, completed an honors project under the guidance of a faculty committee and presented that project in a public venue are eligible for this distinction. 

The university recognizes the following students for this achievement by college:

Class Officer Stoles

Class Officer stoles are awarded to student leaders in recognition of their extraordinary academic accomplishments and dedicated service to the university community. The following members of the Class of 2024 have been awarded stoles: 
  • Jason McKeon 
  • Jhostin Baez Peguero  
  • Drashti Soni 
  • Melody Veloz 

U.S. Air Force ROTC

The UMass Lowell Air Force ROTC detachment educates and trains cadets with the professional, warrior and moral acumen to succeed as officers for our nation. Throughout the four-year program, cadets complete academic courses in the profession of arms, leadership and national security policy. Combined with weekly leadership laboratories, a vigorous physical fitness regimen, and summer experiences, these cadets ultimately receive presidential-level commissions as Second Lieutenants. 
Currently under the command of Lt. Col. Darren Lee, the university’s Air Force ROTC detachment will commission the following members of the Class of 2024 in a subsequent ceremony: 

Francis College of Engineering

  • Konstandinos Stavridis, Acquisitions Officer
  • Nikolaos Stavridis, Aircraft Maintenance Officer

Manning School of Business

  • Alex C. Monayer, Combat Systems Officer

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences

  • Cameron J. Ellis, Nurse

River Hawk Experience Distinction (RHED)

The university commends students for their achievements both within and beyond the classroom, and awards this distinction to students who complete and reflect on a combination of courses and experiences in one of five areas; Community Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Global Engagement or Leadership.

  • Gavin Alexander (Leadership)
  • Jhostin Baez Peguero (Leadership)
  • Arlo Blanchard (Entrepreneurship)
  • Christopher Bonney (Leadership)
  • Ricardo Canales (Community Engagement)
  • Stephanie Chavarria (Community Engagement)
  • Stella Cortese (Leadership)
  • Sarah Curley (Global Engagement)
  • Jessica D'Antona (Community Engagement)
  • Cassidy DeMalia (Global Engagement)
  • Amy Desjardins (Global Engagement)
  • Isabella Victoria DeSouza (Global Engagement)
  • Karina Diaz (Leadership)
  • Charles DiSciullo (Global Engagement)
  • Cameron Famiglietti (Entrepreneurship)
  • Michael Feinblatt (Global Engagement)
  • Julianne Gath (Sustainability)
  • Matthew Hayes (Entrepreneurship)
  • Alexa Gaton Hernandez (Global Engagement)
  • Mariah Giberson (Sustainability)
  • David Gilblair (Sustainability)
  • Haley Green (Sustainability)
  • Warsame Hassan (Global Engagement)
  • Valerie Heath (Entrepreneurship)
  • Alexa Hutchinson (Leadership)
  • Abdullah Jasim (Leadership)
  • Wildjena Jean Jacques (Community Engagement)
  • Angelina Khiem (Leadership)
  • Jacob Lang (Global Engagement)
  • Jason McKeon (Leadership)
  • Gabriel Muniz (Sustainability)
  • Michael Nasr (Entrepreneurship)
  • Olivera Nedeljkovic (Leadership)
  • Alessia Pari-di-Monriva (Global Engagement)
  • Scott Phillips (Leadership)
  • Celine Quezada (Entrepreneurship)
  • Natasha Roberts (Leadership)
  • Madison Rowley (Community Engagement)
  • Samantha Schofield (Sustainability)
  • Jess Stevens (Global Engagement)
  • Emily Vandoros (Community Engagement)
  • Jacob Villeneuve (Leadership)
  • Julian Viviescas Mejia (Global Engagement)
  • Andrew Whitcomb (Leadership)
  • Medhanit Woldemichael (Entrepreneurship)
  • Lisaidy Zabala Paniagua (Global Engagement)

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Baccalaureate Degree Honors

The university awards baccalaureate degrees with three levels of distinction to graduating students who have exhibited exceptional scholastic records. To be eligible for university honors, each student must achieve a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.25 for all courses completed at the university and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits at the school.
Appropriate honors will be noted on diplomas following the determinations of final baccalaureate averages and are signified during the ceremony by the presence of Latin Honor Cords. This designation will also appear on individual Commencement slides.

Honors cords: 

  • Cum laude: GPA of 3.25 or higher (1 cord)
  • Magna cum laude: GPA of 3.5 or higher (2 cords) 
  • Summa cum laude: GPA of 3.85 or higher (3 cords)
Each degree is also identified by this hood band color system.