An Academic Awards Convocation to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of students and faculty is held each spring. A variety of student academic awards are presented during this celebration. The Faculty Award is presented to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude who, in the estimation of the faculty of the University, has evidenced exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind. Faculties of the various disciplines may, but are not obligated to, designate one graduating senior as a Distinguished Scholar. While eligibility requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40, the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
The Dean's List is used for special recognition of students whose records of scholastic achievement are exceptional. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must be enrolled full time and earn a minimum of 3.60 semester and cumulative GPAs. The Dean's List is prepared at the end of the fall and spring semesters and students are recognized at the Honors Convocation each spring.
Baccalaureate honors are awarded after each commencement to baccalaureate students who meet the following criteria: 1) student has completed 60 hours of coursework at William Woods University, 2) student has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or above. Students whose cumulative GPA is 3.60 - 3.74 qualify for Cum Laude; students whose cumulative GPA is 3.75 - 3.89 qualify for Magna Cum Laude; students whose cumulative GPA is 3.90 or above qualify for Summa Cum Laude. Graduation honors are printed on transcripts and are shown by a special seal affixed to the diploma.