2021 Commencement Information
An undergraduate student will be awarded Dean's List honors if he or she earns a 3.70 grade point average (GPA) while completing 12 gradable units (letter grades of A through F) in the fall or spring terms. No Dean's List honors will be awarded for summer or January terms.
The Whittier College faculty believes that students who have achieved excellence in their majors should receive recognition at graduation. Because this is an award for academic achievement, rather than service, the criterion will be either a superior grade point average in the major (3.5 minimum, at the discretion of the department) or other extraordinary academic achievement (published or publishable papers, presentation at a conference, significant research or creative project).
Each year at Honors Convocation, students who have met significant academic leadership within their fields of study will be recognized, named to any of the following:
Additionally, a number of honors named for distinguished members of the Whittier College community are awarded for individual achievement.
Each year, Whittier College grants academic honors to deserving seniors at Commencement. The determination is based on grades received throughout all undergraduate studies at Whittier College. Honors at Commencement are based on students' cumulative grade point averages. Students will receive the highest level of honors for which they are eligible. Those students with the following grade point averages will receive the corresponding honors at Commencement:
In order to graduate with academic honors, a student must have earned at least 60 credits at Whittier College. No less than two-thirds of the total credits earned must be letter grades.