DATE:  April 29, 2005
CONTACT: Jorge A. Ramirez; Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, (361) 825-2427; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 825-2337      

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WHO: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sandra S. Harper, 172 Graduating Seniors, and Academic Deans Richard J. Gigliotti, Moustafa Abdelsamad, Dee Hopkins, Mary Jane Hamilton, and Diana Marinez
WHAT: Spring 2005 Academic Honors Ceremony
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
WHERE:   Performing Arts Center, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Record Number of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Seniors to Receive Honor Cords during Awards Ceremony
A record 172 seniors from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s five colleges will be awarded honor cords during the University’s Academic Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Traditionally, A&M-Corpus Christi baccalaureate students who have achieved academic distinction are presented with honor cords prior to graduation. Honor students must have completed at least 45 undergraduate semester hours with a GPA based on the cumulative average for all courses. Summa Cum Laude graduates (3.9 or above) receive a silver cord. Magna Cum Laude graduates (3.7 to 3.899) receive a blue cord and Cum Laude graduates (3.6 to 3.699) receive green cords.