Participant Information

Honors and Special Recognition

Honors will be awarded to graduates with a cumulative Normandale grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 - 3.49 in college-level courses (numbered 1000 and above) and high honors to graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. For purposes of the commencement ceremony, honors for spring degree candidates will be determined by the student’s cumulative GPA through fall semester. The final designation, as it appears on the transcript and diploma, will be based on grades earned in all Normandale college-level coursework.  Honors are not awarded to certificate completers.

Honor Societies
Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Beta Delta and Mu Alpha Theta honor society members are recognized at Commencement. You need to contact your advisor or college representative for information and items you may wish to purchase (e.g. stole).

Tassels and Medallions
You will receive one tassel with your cap and gown. It’s yours to keep! Here’s what the different tassel colors mean:

Tassel Color Meaning
BLACK & RED Normandale graduate or certificate completer*
WHITE Nursing*
LILAC Dental Hygiene*
GOLD Commencement Honors (GPA of 3.0 or higher, as of January 1st of this year)
NOTE: High Honors recipients participating in commencement will receive a medallion in addition to the gold tassel (GPA of 3.5 or higher, as of January 1st of this year).

* With the exception of the Honors tassel, you may purchase an additional tassel from Herff Jones for $7, or you may swap your complimentary tassel at no charge.

Currently active and veteran service members are invited to be recognized at Commencement.  For more information, please contact us.

Distinguished Faculty Award
Graduates will be invited to nominate a professor, counselor or librarian who made a difference in their time at Normandale Community College. The recipient of the award will be announced and honored the evening of commencement.  You should expect to see a separate email entitled "Distinguished Faculty Award Nomination" that will provide you a direct link for your nomination.

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