Preparing for Graduation

Preparing for Graduation

UCCS Graduation Information

Here are some suggestions to help you wrap up your studies at UCCS. Undergrads should check out the UCCS Pre-Graduation Checklist, and graduate students should check out the Graduate School’s graduation info page.


All Communication undergraduate majors are required to submit an ePortfolio prior to completing their program.

An ePortfolio is an electronic version of a portfolio built within Canvas that provides a way to connect your knowledge with your professional goals by using course assignments or projects to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments.

Department Honors

Qualified students can choose to complete an honors project for the opportunity to attain the unique distinction of honors and complete work intended to help your career growth upon graduation.

Latin Honors

Q: What do I have to do to get Latin honors at graduation?
A: Nothing, they are calculated and awarded automatically.

Q: How are Latin honors calculated?
A: Latin Honors are calculated based on a student’s CU Cumulative GPA. For the commencement ceremony, including honor cords and the printed program, final semester grades may not be included in this calculation. Latin Honor designations are recalculated once all grades are posted and will be displayed on official diplomas and transcripts.

Q: How do we get cords if we are graduating with honors?
A: Latin honor cords will be distributed at the ceremony.

Q: What are the Latin honors colors?
Summa Cum Laude (old gold)
Letters, Arts and Sciences – 3.9 or above

Magna Cum Laude (silver)
Letters, Arts and Sciences – 3.7-3.89

Cum Laude (bronze)
Letters, Arts and Sciences – 3.5-3.69

Q: Who do I contact if I am not attending the ceremony and want to receive Latin Honor cords?
A: Please email the Advising Office ( They will confirm and provide information for receipt.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. LPH has more than 500 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

LPH became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988, and the association's official honor society in July 1995. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).

LPH represents what Aristotle described in Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics.

The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta

  1. Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in Communication Studies
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of Communication
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among Communication majors
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of Communication
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students
  6. Explore options for graduate education in Communication Studies

Application Process

Please submit the following for your application package: 

  1. A competed application form
  2. One copy of your unofficial UCCS transcripts 
  3. One copy of unofficial transcripts from transferring institutions if you took any Communication courses.  
  4. Membership Fee:  $45.00   ($30 LPH Fee for membership, certificate, pin and honors cord; $15 Delta Gamma/Communication Department Fee)  Cash or Check Only  (Please make checks payable to: UCCS Department of Communication)

Mail or hand deliver your package to:
Andrea Baker, Ph.D. 
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
ACAD #519 
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
p: 719.255.3957 
Lindsey McCormick, M.A. 
Communication Faculty
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
ACAD #510 
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
p: 719.255.8195 

Spring 2024 Dates

Application deadline: April 12, 2024
LPH Induction Ceremony: May 2, 2024 4:30-5:30PM