Graduation Honors

 

Graduation materials will begin shipping on April 1, 2017. Place your order using the general order form.

Important information:

Requests for honors must be submitted on the ASLHS Graduation Order Form and arrive by the posted deadlines. Only the sponsor of the ASLHS chapter may request honors materials. Payment must accompany the order or materials will not be delivered. Click here for guidance on computing GPA. Only schools with an ASLHS chapter on campus are eligible to award graduation recognition materials.

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The American Sign Language Honor Society recognizes outstanding academic achievement in ASL studies with three honors:

  • Honor cords
  • Alice Cogswell Medal
  • Laurent Clerc Medal

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To receive one or more of the honors, students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for each, which includes both GPA and community service hours. For any honors to be conferred, a student must attend a campus with an active ASLHS chapter and have a sponsor is in good standing with the American Sign Language Teacher's Association. For purposes of grade point average computation, eligible ASL coursework includes ASL language, ASL literature, and Deaf studies. Interpretation coursework is not eligible.

Descriptions of honors & eligibility requirements:

Honor Cords

Honor cords may be worn at graduation or induction ceremonies if the student meets these eligibility requirements:

  1. Is a student at a high school, senior high school, or
    other secondary institution;

  2. Has studied ASL for at least two years;

  3. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5 / B+ in
    his / her ASL coursework;

  4. Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.2 / B in
    all other subjects;

  5. Completion of at least five (5) hours of community
    service that benefits the Deaf community.

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Honor Cord graphics
Please note: Honor cords are available only to high school / senior high / secondary programs.

Alice Cogswell Medal

The Alice Cogswell Medal may be worn at graduation or induction ceremonies if the student meets these eligibility requirements:

  1. Is a student at a community college or
    4-year college /university;

  2. Has studied ASL for at least two years;

  3. Possesses an overall grade point average of
    3.5 / B+ in his / her ASL coursework;

  4. Possesses an overall grade point average of
    3.2 / B in all other subjects;

  5. Completion of at least five (5) hours
    of community service that benefits
    the Deaf community.

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Alice Cogswell Medal
Please note: The Alice Cogswell Medal is available only to community college or 4-year college / university students.

Laurent Clerc Medal

The Laurent Clerc Medal is the only ASLHS honor open to ASL students at both the high school and college levels if the following eligibility requirements are met:

  1. Is a high school or college student;

  2. Has studied ASL for at least three years;

  3. Possesses an overall grade point average of
    3.7 / A- in his / her ASL coursework;

  4. Possesses an overall grade point average of
    3.5 / B+ in all other subjects;

  5. Completion of at least ten (10) hours of
    community service that benefits the
    Deaf community.

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Alice Cogswell Medal
Please note: The Laurent Clerc Medal is available to both high school and college students.