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Academic Honors

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career. The honors are awarded to students who complete the requirements for an associate degree, completing at least 30 credit hours with a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA at CCD. Only college-level courses completed with CCD will be included in the GPA calculation.

The three levels of recognition are defined as follows and will be posted on the student's transcript:

  • Cum Laude ("with honor") – 3.50 to 3.749 cumulative GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude ("with great honor") – 3.75–3.99 cumulative GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude ("with highest honor") – 4.0 cumulative GPA

Semester Honors

CCD provides an opportunity for students to be recognized with Academic Honors, on a semester-by-semester basis. CCD has three recognized Academic Honors: Dean’s List, Vice President’s List, and President’s List. Students who qualify will receive a notation for that term on their official transcripts. Students must complete a minimum of 12 college-level credits during the semester to be eligible for this recognition. Developmental courses are not included in the calculation for semester honors.

Semester GPAs required to qualify for these Term Academic Honors are as follows:

Honor Required Term GPA
Dean's List3.50-3.749
Vice President's List3.75-3.999
President's List4.0

Honors Program

The CCD Honors Program was established in 1990 to recognize outstanding talent among CCD students and to provide a supportive, stimulating support community for them throughout their time at CCD.

Students in CCD’s Honors Program go a step beyond the routine, turning ordinary courses into extraordinary learning experiences. Student transcripts will reflect the individual Honors courses and the overall completion of the Honors Program, providing recognition that will serve students as they transfer to other institutions, seek scholarships, and pursue career goals.

All CCD students are welcome in the program. To participate, students contract with individual instructors to do work above and beyond the ordinary class requirements. Once they have completed this supplemental work, the class will be transcripted as an “Honors course.” There is no fee to join the Honors Program.

Students who complete the Honors Program (15 credits worth of Honors courses with a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA) will have their degrees and/or certificates awarded with Honors. Honors Program graduates receive special recognition in the CCD annual commencement program. Also, CCD's Honors Program can be transferred to MSU Denver's Honors Program.

To learn more, or contact the Honors Program Coordinator at 303.556.3861.

National Society for Leadership and Success

The National Society for Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 496 chapters, the Society currently has 541,402 members nationwide. 

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year community and junior colleges and recognizes student academic excellence, while promoting academic community through its Alpha Mu Mu chapter at CCD.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average after completing 12 or more credit hours of college-level work. Eligible students are invited to join each semester, becoming lifetime members. 

Phi Theta Kappa members are honored at graduation for their outstanding academic achievements. Only Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible for over $37 million in transfer scholarship money.

For more information, interested and eligible students should visit CCD Phi Theta Kappa’s Facebook page, Alpha Mu Mu, or visit

Psi Beta

Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Its mission is to encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.

Psi Beta members gain recognition for achieving the honor of membership and are eligible for national awards, annual awards, and other benefits.

For more information, interested and eligible students should contact Student Life at 303.556.2597 for the name(s) of the faculty advisor(s).


Commencement is held once a year in the spring semester. The summer, fall, and spring graduates are invited to participate. For more information regarding commencement, visit or contact the Admissions, Registration & Records office.