Key to abbreviations and honors

Academic degree abbreviations

Associate of Arts
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Applied Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Emergency Management
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Security and Emergency Management
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Business
Bachelor of Technology
Gr. Cert. 
Graduate Certificate
Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Natural Resources Environment
Master of Science
Master of Security and Disaster Management
One Health Master's
Doctor of Philosophy

* Denotes summer degree recipient

** Denotes fall degree recipient

Confirmation of degrees and honors for the May degree candidates whose names are listed in this program will be made when final grades are received. Information presented in the program is accurate as of 9 a.m. April 26, 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of graduates’ names, degrees and other information. We sincerely regret any errors and omissions.

Sashes and cords

  • Red sashes signify Alaska Native and Native American graduates.
  • Blue sashes signify Community and Technical College students.
  • Red, white and blue honor cords pay tribute to active-duty service members, veterans and Gold Star families of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society graduates wear a white stole with an orange logo, or an orange and white cord.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society graduates wear a blue and gold stole.
  • Student-athletes wear a blue sash with the Alaska Nanooks logo.
  • International students may be wearing a sash recognizing their home country.
  • Graduates who are the first in their family to earn a baccalaureate degree wear teal cords.
  • Graduates who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community wear rainbow cords.

Honors recognition

Graduation with Honors
Associate and baccalaureate degree students who graduated with honors in August and December and candidates for graduation in May wear a gold honor cord or sash for summa cum laude honors. Cumulative grade point averages required for graduating with honors are:

Summa cum laude 
3.9 or higher with no grades lower than an A-
Magna cum laude 
Cum laude 

Honors College
The Honors College graduation designation requires exceptional aptitude, academic performance and achievement in a challenging course of study. Honors students complete credits in specially designed courses and an honors capstone/senior thesis. Honors Thesis Scholars earned 12 honors credits and wear a long blue-trimmed and striped gold sash with a single blue and gold honor cord. University Honors Scholars earned 27 honors credits and wear the same sash with a double blue and gold honor cord.

Golden Key Honour Society
Golden Key is an international student-run service organization committed to meeting the needs of scholastic achievers. Members wear a gold medallion on a blue and gold ribbon, a gold satin sash with a blue logo, or a blue and gold honor cord.

Student Leadership Honors and Leadership Distinction
Student Leadership Honors recognition is granted to students who have made significant contributions to enhancing the mission of UAF, the surrounding community and the promotion of student life. Students receiving this recognition wear a burgundy honor cord. Graduation with Leadership Distinction recognition is granted to students who have displayed a commitment of excellence to themselves, UAF and their community. Students receiving this recognition wear a silver honor cord.

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi promotes the pursuit of excellence and the recognition of outstanding achievement. Membership is limited to the top students of each graduating class. Members wear a blue ribbon and a medallion bearing the symbolic seal of the society.