Honor cords

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An honor cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end awarded to members of honor societies or for various academic and non-academic achievements, awards, or honors.[1] Usually, cords come in pairs with a knot in the middle to hold them together. Sometimes sashes, stoles, or medallions are given in place of cords. They are most often worn at academic ceremonies and functions. With cap and gown, and (sometimes) the hood, high school or university degree candidates have worn these cords at the discretion of the educational institution, but they are not usually worn with academic regalia after the academic year in which the honor was awarded. Unlike hoods and stoles, by tradition more than one cord may be worn at the same time.

At some universities, pairs of honor cords, in the school colors, indicate honors graduates: one pair for cum laude, two pairs for magna cum laude, and three pairs for summa cum laude. These are in addition to any cords for membership in an honor society.

List of collegiate honor societies and the color of their cords[edit]

(Mostly taken from The Association of College Honor Societies)[2]

Honor Society Color (S-Stole, M-Medallion)
Alpha Beta Gamma S - Sapphire Blue (Adviser, Gold)
Alpha Chi Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue
Alpha Epsilon Honor Gold or Blue and Green
Alpha Epsilon Delta Red and Violet
Alpha Epsilon Lambda Scarlet and Grey
Alpha Gamma Sigma Double Gold Cord
Alpha Kappa Delta Teal
Alpha Kappa Mu Royal Blue and White
Alpha Lambda Delta Red, Gold, and White
Alpha Mu Alpha Red
Alpha Mu Gamma Gold
Alpha Nu Sigma White
Alpha Phi Omega Royal Blue and Old Glory Gold
Alpha Phi Sigma Blue and Gold

S - Gold / M - Blue

Alpha Pi Mu White and Gold
Alpha Psi Omega Light Blue and Amber
Alpha Sigma Lambda Maroon/Burgundy and Gold
Alpha Sigma Mu
Alpha Sigma Nu M - Gold Medallion on Maroon Ribbon
American Mock Trial Association Maroon, Purple and Royal Blue
Beta Alpha Psi White with Society Seal
Beta Beta Beta Forest Green and Blood Red
Beta Gamma Sigma Gold Cord, Yale Blue Tassel, Gold Wrap and

Yale Blue Cord, Gold Tassel, Yale Blue Wrap

Beta Kappa Chi Royal Blue
Beta Phi Mu Purple and White
Chi Epsilon

Chi Alpha Sigma

S - Purple and White

Gold and Black

Chi Sigma Iota Blue and White
Delta Epsilon Iota Royal Blue and Old Gold
Delta Epsilon Sigma Gold and Maroon
Delta Mu Delta Purple and Gold
Delta Phi Alpha Black, Red and Gold
Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha
Delta Tau Alpha Hunter Green and Harvest Gold
Epsilon Pi Tau Blue, White and Gold
Eta Kappa Nu Gold Cord w/ Navy Blue and Scarlet Red Tassels
Eta Sigma Phi Gold and Purple Cords with Gold Tassels, S-Gold
Gamma Sigma Alpha Gold and Red
Gamma Sigma Epsilon Blue and White
Gamma Theta Upsilon Brown, Light Blue, and Gold
Golden Key International Honour Society Royal Blue and Gold
Indian University Scholar Society
Iota Iota Iota Lavender
Kappa Beta Delta Blue and Gold
Kappa Delta Pi Purple and Jade Green
Kappa Kappa Psi Blue and White
Kappa Lambda Chi Purple, Black, and Alt Grey
Kappa Mu Epsilon Pink and Gray
Kappa Omicron Nu Burgundy and Cream

M - Gold/Burgundy w/ Burgundy Ribbon

Kappa Theta Epsilon Yellow and Purple
Kappa Tau Alpha Light Blue and Gold
Lambda Iota Tau Purple and Gold
Lambda Pi Eta Red, White, and Gold
Lambda Sigma Blue and Gold
Mortar Board Silver and Gold
Mu Kappa Tau Blue and Gold
National Residence Hall Honorary Blue and White
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Burgundy and Gold
The Neutral Ground Society Lavender
Nu Rho Psi Black and Gold
Omega Chi Epsilon Maroon and White
Omega Rho Blue and Red
Omicron Delta Epsilon Blue and Gold
Omicron Delta Kappa Sky Blue, White, and Black
Order of Omega Gold and Ivory
Phi Alpha Delta Purple and Gold
Phi Beta Delta Red and Gold
Phi Beta Kappa Pink and Sky Blue
Phi Alpha Theta Madonna Red and Madonna Blue
Phi Delta Phi Red, Blue, and Gold
Phi Eta Sigma Gold and Black
Phi Kappa Phi Navy and Gold

S - Gold / M - Royal Blue Ribbon

Phi Lambda Upsilon Blue, Pink
Phi Sigma Yellow, Green, and White
Phi Sigma Theta Gold, Green and Purple
Phi Sigma Iota Gold
Phi Sigma Tau White and Purple
Phi Theta Kappa Blue and Gold

S - Gold / M - Gold

Phi Upsilon Omicron Yellow, White, and Purple
Pi Alpha Alpha Light Blue and Yellow
Pi Alpha Xi Cerulean blue and Nile green
Pi Deta Phi Red, White, and Blue
Pi Gamma Mu Royal Blue and White
Pi Kappa Lambda Gold and White
Pi Mu Epsilon Gold, Purple and Lilac
Pi Omega Pi Silver, Royal Blue, and Gold
Pi Sigma Alpha Red, White, and Black
Pi Sigma Epsilon Gold and Royal Purple
Pi Tau Sigma Red and Blue
Pi Theta Epsilon Navy and Gold
Psi Beta Royal Blue and Gold
Psi Chi Platinum and Dark Blue
Rho Chi Royal Purple and White
Rho Theta Sigma
S.A.L.U.T.E. National Honor Society Red/Cardinal, White, and Royal Blue
Sigma Beta Delta Hunter Green and Gold
Sigma Alpha Lambda Navy, Black, and Gold
Sigma Alpha Pi Platinum and Black
Sigma Delta Pi Red and Gold
Sigma Lambda Alpha Gold and Green
Sigma Lambda Chi Green and Gold

S - Silver Logo

Sigma Pi Sigma Forest Green and Ivory
Sigma Tau Delta Cardinal and Black
Sigma Theta Tau Orchid and White
Sigma Xi Silver and Blue
Tau Alpha Pi Green and Gold
Tau Beta Pi Orange and White

S - White with Orange Bent

Tau Beta Sigma White and Blue
Tau Sigma Red and Gold
Tau Sigma Delta
Theta Alpha Kappa Scarlet
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Maroon and White

List of high school honor societies and the color of their cords[edit]

Excellence In Honor Society Color
Academics National Honor Society Gold
Fine arts National Art Honor Society Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple
English National English Honor Society Blue and Gold
French French National Honor Society Red, White, and Blue
German German National Honor Society Black, Red and Gold
Latin National Latin Honor Society Purple and Silver
Japanese Japanese National Honor Society Red and White
Math Mu Alpha Theta Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple
Music Tri-M Music Honor Society Pink
Physics Florin High Physics Club (Sacramento, CA) Red and Black
Science Science National Honor Society Green and Purple
Social studies Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society Blue and White
Speech and debate National Speech and Debate Association Red and Grey
Spanish Spanish National Honor Society Gold and Red
Theater International Thespian Society Blue and Gold, Red
Technology Technology Student Association Red, Silver, and Blue
Eagle Scout National Eagle Scout Association Red, White, and Blue
Career and technical education National Technical Honor Society Purple and White

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  1. ^ Cravens, Stan. "The Meaning of Graduation Honor Cords". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ "ACHS Honor Cord Registry". Retrieved 22 July 2019.