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Graduation Honors

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. Only schools with an ASLHS chapter on campus are eligible to award graduation recognition materials. Orders will ship in March each school year.

ASLHS recognizes outstanding academic achievement in ASL studies with three honors:

  • Honor Cords
  • Alice Cogswell Medal
  • Laurent Clerc Medal
Clerc Medal

 
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 that is in good standing with the ASLTA. For purposes of grade point average computation, eligible ASL coursework includes ASL language, ASL literature, and deaf studies. Interpretation coursework is not eligible.

Graduation Regalia Order Form

ASLHS Induction Certificate Template


Honor Cords

Honor Cords

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

Is a student at a high school or other secondary institution.

Has studied ASL for at least two years.

Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5/B+ in ASL coursework.

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

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


Alice Cogswell Medal

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

Is a student at a community college or four-year college or university.

Has studied ASL for at least two years.

Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.5/B+ in ASL coursework.

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

Cogswell Medal

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:

Is a high school or college student.

Has studied ASL for at least three years.

Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.7/A- in ASL coursework.

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

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