Honors at Graduation
Honors awarded at graduation to superior students are designated on the diploma as Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors.
Students receive the designation Honors if they have a cumulative University of Illinois grade-point average of at least 3.5 at graduation (A = 4.0).
Students receive the designation High Honors if they have at least a 3.8 grade-point average at graduation (A = 4.0).
Highest Honors may be awarded to any student with at least a 3.8 grade-point average at graduation (A=4.0). In addition, the ECE Department requires that a student complete a special project of superior quality. In most cases the student shows initiative by finding a faculty member and research area for the project and enrolls in ECE 396, 397, or 497/499. In rare cases, Highest Honors can be awarded based on outstanding leadership in campus organizations such as IEEE, HKN, etc. In all cases, the student is required to fill out a Highest Honors form and return it to the Department indicating his/her intention to pursue Highest Honors designation at graduation. The form must be on file with the Department at least one month prior to the graduation date.