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Graduation Materials

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

  • Honor Cords
  • Alice Cogswell Medal
  • Laurent Clerc Medal
  • Andrew Foster Medal (Middle School) 

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.


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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.
  • Has studied ASL for at least two years.
  • Possesses A's & B's in ASL coursework.
  • Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.0 in all other coursework.
  • 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 high school, community college or four-year college or university.
  • Has studied ASL for at least two years/2 semesters of ASL study. 
  • Possesses A's and B's in ASL courses 
  • Possesses an overall GPA of 3.0 in all other course work.
  • Completion of at least five (5) hours of community service that benefits the deaf community.
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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 four year college/university student.
  • Has studied ASL for at least three years/3 semesters.
  • Possesses A's & B's in ASL coursework.
  • Possesses an overall grade point average of 3.0 in all other coursework.
  • Completion of at least ten (10) hours of community service that benefits the deaf community.

Andrew Foster Medal 

For students 6th-8th grade in their 2nd year of ASL, or 2nd semester of ASL 1 if only one year of ASL is offered.

  • Possesses A's and B's in ASL 1 (1st semester and beyond)
  • Possesses an overall GPA of 3.0 in other course coursework
  • Completion of an ASL/Deaf Studies related project (optional, based on teacher’s requirement/expectation)
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ASLHS Pins

Pin can be used as a reward or honorary gift for members.


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