The Fred B. Noble Medal for Scholarship  - The graduating senior who has earned the highest GPA in his or her class as of the commencement date receives this prestigious award. The recipient must have earned at least 90 credit hours of credit at JU, and a minimum of 82 credit hours must have been graded.

Graduation Honors - A student must earn a minimum of 60 credit hours of graded credit at JU to be eligible for honors designation at commencement. A student who earns a 3.5 cumulative GPA is graduated Cum Laude (with honor); a 3.7 CGPA, Magna Cum Laude (with high honor); and a 3.9 CGPA, Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor).

Students, who complete a second degree at Jacksonville University, after having completed their first degree at JU, shall be treated, for the purpose of calculating honors, as if they had transferred to JU. That is, they must complete a minimum of 60 graded credit hours toward the second degree to be considered for graduation honors.

Graduation with University Honors - Students eligible for the University Honors Program may receive the academic distinction of graduation with University Honors at commencement if they fulfill the requirements of the program as listed under “University Honors Program” in this section of the Catalog.

President's Honor Roll - To qualify for the President’s Honor Roll, a student must earn at least 12 credit hours of “A” grades during a traditional fall or spring semester, receive no grades lower than “A”, and have no incomplete or missing grades on his or her transcript.

Dean's List - To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn at least 12 credit hours during a traditional fall or spring semesters, attain or surpass a 3.5 GPA for the semester, and have no incomplete or missing grades on his or her transcript for the semester.

Departmental Honors - Specific distinction in a student’s major field is recognized at graduation through the conferring of departmental honors, such as Departmental Honors in Biology.

To qualify for departmental honors, the student must have a 3.5 GPA in his or her major field and complete a significant researched thesis or creative production as evidence of advanced attainment. Students seeking this distinction must present a project prospectus at least one semester before graduation to the college dean, the division chair, and a supervisory committee composed of three faculty members. This group will establish guidelines, supervise, and evaluate the finished work when it is presented in some public manner. The deadline for project completion must be included in the prospectus. To be included in the Commencement Program the completed and signed prospectus must be in the Registrar’s Office by the last day of final exams.

If the student’s project is to receive academic credit, he or she should enroll at registration using the prefix of the major field and an appropriate number from the series 397, 398, 497, 498. A student may enroll for a maximum of six hours in independent study and/or honors project per semester.

Other Honors - The University awards the following honors at its discretion to recognize outstanding service to the cause of education:

  • Honorary Doctorates
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • Certificates of Appreciation 
  • Professor of the Year - The faculty chooses the Professor of the Year annually.
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership - awarded at commencement to a member of the senior class for leadership, character, scholarship, and service.
  • National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s Jacksonville Chapter - rewards scholastic excellence by electing student members from all recognized branches of academic endeavor.
  • University Award for Outstanding Service and Co-curricular Involvement - given annually at commencement to a member of the senior class whose service contributions to the University and participation in co-curricular activities have been of the highest order.​