Winona State University awards university honor cords to graduates who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. WSU honor cords are worn over the left shoulder.
High Academic Standing or Grade-Point Average Cords
- “Cum laude” - Purple cords - GPA of 3.60 to 3.74
- “Magna cum laude” - Silver cords - GPA of 3.75 to 3.89
- “Summa cum laude” - Gold cords - GPA of 3.90 to 4.00
Campus Organization Cords
- Alpha Lambda Delta - All-University Honor Society - Red, white and gold cords - GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Alpha Psi Omega - National Theatre Honor Society - Amber and sky blue cords - GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Alpha Upsilon Alpha - International Reading Association Honor Society - Maroon and grey cords - GPA of 3.25 or higher
- Beta Beta Beta - Biological Honor Society, Gamma Delta chapter - Red and green cords - GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Chi Sigma Iota - International honor society for counselors - Blue and white cords - GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Golden Key National Honor Society - Gold and blue double cords or gold medallions - GPA of 3.4 or higher
- Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education, Gamma Tau chapter - Purple and teal cords GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Lambda Epsilon Chi - National Honor Society in Legal Assistant/Paralegal Studies - Purple satin sashes embroidered with gold - GPA of 3.5 or higher in paralegal courses and overall GPA of at least 3.2
- Lambda Pi Eta - National Honor Society in Communication Studies - Red and white cords - GPA of 3.25 or higher in communication studies courses and overall GPA of at least 3.0.
- Mu Sigma Rho - National Honor Society in Statistics - Gold and black cords - Rank in the top third of class
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars - International Honor Society for all majors - Burgundy and gold cords - GPA of 3.4 or higher during their first and/or second year
- Phi Alpha Theta - National Honor Society in History - Silver and red cords - At least 12 credits in history with GPA of 3.0 or higher in all history courses and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Pi Mu Epsilon - Honorary National Mathematics Society - Violet, lavender and gold cords - Indicates completion of two years of mathematics, including a full calculus sequence, with GPA of 3.0 or higher in all mathematics and statistics courses and rank in top third of class
- Pi Sigma Alpha - National Political Science Honor Society - Red, white, black cords - GPA of 3.25 or higher in political science courses and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Sigma Theta Tau - International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Mu chapter - Purple cords - GPA of 3.5 or higher for graduate students and 3.2 or higher for undergraduate students
Organization or Service Cords
- African-American graduates wear a Kente cloth, a colorful stole dating back to 12th century royalty of the Asante people of Ghana. The Kente cloth honors those persons who represent the highest expression of esteem and dignity of African-American culture.
- Purple, silver and white triple-braided cords are worn by graduating members of the Student Senate who have provided at least one full semester of service, are in good standing with the Senate and have the approval of the Student Senate Executive Committee.
- Red, white and blue cords are worn by graduating students who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
- White, light blue and aquamarine cords are worn by graduating students of the Education Minnesota Student Program (EMSP). Students wearing these cords have completed at least 35 hours of service in an advocacy group.