Top-ranking Baccalaureate candidates and graduates are named University Honors Scholars as a Commencement honor. Recipients receive a gold honors tassel to be worn during Commencement Exercises and an individually inscribed Founders Day Certificate that commemorates the incorporation of New York University.
Eligibility for the honor is determined by the Office of the Registrar. The award requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in courses taken at NYU. The degree GPA is used for September and January baccalaureate degree recipients. For May baccalaureate candidates the cumulative GPA through the January term is used to determine eligibility. Students may receive the honor only once.
The honors tassel is mailed in April to the permanent address of eligible September and January graduates, and to the mailing address of eligible May candidates. The Founders Day Certificate is mailed in May to recipients' permanent address.
The University Honors Scholar/Founders Day Award is separate and distinct from Latin Honors with different criteria. Eligibility for one does not necessarily constitute eligibility for the other.