Bettina and Glenn Duval, whose family has long-standing ties to the University of California and to UC Santa Barbara, generously endowed a scholarship in honor of their son Bennett (Business Economics and Asian American Studies 2011) for students who are in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program and who are pursuing a double major.
Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Are in good standing in the College Honors Program
- Will have at least 90 units completed by the end of the spring quarter in which they are applying
- Will be registered full-time students at UCSB during the entire academic year for which they apply
- Are planning to complete a double major at the time of graduation
Selection criteria will include GPA, overall academic achievement, motivation for pursuing a double major and involvement in campus and community activities in college. Some consideration will be given to financial need, which will be evaluated in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid; however, eligibility for financial aid is not a criterion for application. The recipient will be announced by the end of spring quarter.
Marvel and Robert Kirby, whose family has long-standing ties to UCSB, generously endow a number of scholarships in honor of their granddaughters, for students in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program.
- Applicants must be students in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program who will have at least 90 units completed by the end of the spring quarter in which they are applying.
- Applicants must have been residents of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, or Kern Counties for a majority of their lives and/or have graduated from a high school in one of these counties.
- Applicants must be registered full-time students for the entire academic year in for which they apply.
Selection criteria will include GPA, overall academic achievement, and involvement in campus and community activities. Some consideration will be given to financial need, which will be evaluated in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid; however, eligibility for financial aid is not a criterion for application. The recipients will be announced by the end of spring quarter.
Phi Beta Kappa is an honorary society that recognizes and encourages a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Membership is by invitation only. Please visit the UCSB chapter's website for more information.
The Commencement Awards are presented each year to four graduating seniors. Applicants for the awards must graduate during the relevant academic year As the primary purpose is to recognize outstanding academic achievement, nominees should have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.60.
Interested students submit an online application upon *nomination or self-nomination for one of the following commencement awards. The application window for the commencement awards will be announced on this page; it is usually during late winter quarter. Email notices will be sent to the Honors Listserv about the application period.
The four Commencement Awards are:
- Deans' Award for Outstanding Senior
- Frances Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award
- Luis Leal Social Sciences Undergraduate Award
- William R. Reardon Undergraduate Award
For full details, and to apply, see this page.
Have you dreamed of addressing your class at the commencement ceremonies? Now is your opportunity to do so! The College of Letters and Science is accepting applications for Student Commencement Speaker positions for this year's comencement ceremonies. The Letters and Science Student Speakers will address their peers in a 5 minute speech during their chosen ceremony. Please be certain to reserve your spot in commencement before applying to be a speaker.
If you are a senior who has graduated or will graduate during the current academic year, please consider applying for this exciting opportunity. For full details, and to apply, visit this page.
Honors at Graduation
Honors at graduation are awarded to the top 20 percent of graduating students who complete 76 or more letter-graded University of California units, as follows:
- Highest Honors – Top 2.5 percent
- High Honors – Next 6 percent
- Honors – Next 11.5 percent
Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s web site for grade-point average thresholds for the current academic year.
Honors at Graduation are automatically awarded by the University based on the criteria above. You do not need to file any separate paperwork to receive Honors at Graduation if you are eligible. Upon graduation, the appropriate honors level is noted on the diploma and transcript as: "Honors," or "High Honors" or "Highest Honors." Questions regarding Honors at Graduation may be emailed to the Registrar's Office at GraduationMatters@sa.ucsb.edu.
Please note regarding Commencement-related honors levels: For graduating students, the College will receive a list of "potential" honors levels from the Registrar's Office on which to base Commencement-related designations, for any publications and for the honors fourragere cord eligibility list that the UCSB Bookstore will receive. Questions regarding Commencement-related honors levels can be directed to Honorsmail@ltsc.ucsb.edu. Students eligible to purchase honors fourragere cords at the bookstore will be emailed in mid-May regarding eligibility based on potentially earning at least one of the following honors at graduation: Highest Honors, College Honors, a City Club Prize, or one of the L&S Honors Graduation Awards.
College Honors are awarded to graduating students in the College of Letters and Science who have completed 135 or more letter-graded University of California units with a GPA of 3.85 or higher.
College Honors are automatically awarded by the College of Letters and Science based on the criteria above. You do not need to file any separate paperwork to receive College Honors if you are eligible. “College Honors” is noted on transcripts, and recipients receive a certificate from the College of Letters and Science.
Dean’s Honors are granted at the end of each quarter to all students who have earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher on 12 or more letter-graded units for the quarter, with no NP grades. Dean’s Honors are noted on transcripts.
If you have an update to your record for a quarter and feel you are now eligible for Dean’s Honors, please submit a Dean’s Honors Update Request form to the College Advising Office (1117 Cheadle Hall).