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. 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 = Cum Laude, Two Pair = Magna Cum Laude, Three Pair = 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)

Honor SocietyColor (S-Stole, M-Medallion)
Alpha Beta GammaS - Sapphire Blue (Adviser, Gold)
Alpha ChiEmerald Green and Sapphire Blue
Alpha Delta Mu
Alpha EpsilonHonor Gold or Blue and Green
Alpha Epsilon DeltaRed and Violet
Alpha Gamma SigmaDouble Gold Cord
Alpha Kappa DeltaTeal
Alpha Kappa MuRoyal Blue and White
Alpha Lambda DeltaRed, Gold, and White
Alpha Mu AlphaRed
Alpha Mu GammaGold
Alpha Phi OmegaRoyal Blue and Old Glory Gold
Alpha Phi SigmaBlue and Gold

S - Gold / M - Blue

Alpha Pi MuWhite and Gold
Alpha Psi OmegaLight Blue and Amber
Alpha Sigma LambdaMaroon/Burgundy and Gold
Alpha Sigma Mu
Alpha Sigma NuM - Gold Medallion on Maroon Ribbon
American Mock Trial AssociationMaroon, Purple and Royal Blue
Beta Alpha PsiWhite with Society Seal
Beta Beta BetaForest Green and Red
Beta Gamma SigmaGold Cord, Yale Blue Tassel, Gold Wrap and

Yale Blue Cord, Gold Tassel, Yale Blue Wrap

Beta Kappa ChiRoyal Blue
Beta Phi MuPurple and White
Chi EpsilonS - Purple and White
Chi Sigma IotaBlue and White
Delta Epsilon IotaRoyal Blue and Old Gold
Delta Epsilon SigmaGold and Maroon
Delta Mu DeltaPurple and Gold
Delta Phi AlphaBlack, Red and Gold
Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha
Delta Tau AlphaHunter Green and Harvest Gold
Epsilon Pi TauBlue, White and Gold
Eta Kappa NuGold Cord w/ Navy Blue and Scarlet Red Tassels
Eta Sigma PhiGold and Purple Cords with Gold Tassels, S-Gold
Gamma Sigma AlphaGold and Red
Gamma Sigma EpsilonBlue and White
Gamma Theta UpsilonBrown, Light Blue, and Gold
Golden Key International Honour SocietyBlue and Gold
Indian University Scholar Society
Iota Iota IotaLavender
Kappa Delta PiPurple and Jade Green
Kappa Kappa PsiBlue and White
Kappa Mu EpsilonPink and Gray
Kappa Omicron NuBurgundy and Cream

M - Gold/Burgundy w/ Burgundy Ribbon

Kappa Theta EpsilonYellow and Purple
Kappa Tau AlphaLight Blue and Gold
Lambda Iota TauPurple and Gold
Lambda Pi EtaRed, White, and Gold
Lambda SigmaBlue and Gold
Mortar BoardSilver and Gold
Mu Kappa TauBlue and Gold
National Residence Hall HonoraryBlue and White
National Society of Collegiate ScholarsBurgundy and Gold
The Neutral Ground SocietyLavender
Omega Chi EpsilonMaroon and White
Omega RhoBlue and Red
Omicron Delta EpsilonBlue and Gold
Omicron Delta KappaSky Blue, White, and Black
Order of OmegaGold and Ivory
Phi Alpha DeltaPurple and Gold
Phi Beta DeltaRed and Gold
Phi Alpha ThetaMadonna Red and Madonna Blue
Phi Delta PhiRed, Blue, and Gold
Phi Eta SigmaGold and Black
Phi Kappa PhiNavy and Gold

S - Gold / M - Royal Blue Ribbon

Phi Lambda UpsilonBlue, Pink
Phi SigmaYellow, Green, and White
Phi Sigma ThetaGold, Green and Purple
Phi Sigma IotaGold
Phi Sigma TauWhite and Purple
Phi Theta KappaBlue and Gold

S - Gold / M - Gold

Phi Upsilon OmicronYellow, White, and Purple
Pi Alpha AlphaLight Blue and Yellow
Pi Alpha XiCerulean blue and Nile green
Pi Deta PhiRed, White, and Blue
Pi Gamma MuRoyal Blue and White
Pi Kappa LambdaGold and White
Pi Mu EpsilonGold, Purple and Lilac
Pi Omega PiSilver, Royal Blue, and Gold
Pi Sigma AlphaRed, White, and Black
Pi Sigma EpsilonGold and Royal Purple
Pi Tau SigmaRed and Blue
Pi Theta EpsilonNavy and Gold
Psi BetaRoyal Blue and Gold
Psi ChiPlatinum and Dark Blue
Rho ChiRoyal Purple and White
Rho Theta Sigma
S.A.L.U.T.E. National Honor SocietyRed/Cardinal, White, and Royal Blue
Sigma Beta DeltaHunter Green and Gold
Sigma Alpha LambdaNavy, Black, and Gold
Sigma Alpha PiPlatinum and Black
Sigma Delta PiRed and Gold
Sigma Lambda AlphaGold and Green
Sigma Lambda ChiGreen and Gold

S - Silver Logo

Sigma Pi SigmaForest Green and Ivory
Sigma Tau DeltaCardinal and Black
Sigma Theta TauOrchid and White
Sigma XiSilver and Blue
Tau Alpha PiGreen and Gold
Tau Beta PiOrange and White

S - White with Orange Bent

Tau Beta SigmaBlue and White
Tau Sigma Delta
Theta Alpha KappaScarlet
Upsilon Pi EpsilonMaroon and White

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

Excellence InHonor SocietyColor
AcademicsNational Honor SocietyGold
Fine ArtsNational Art Honor SocietyRed, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple
EnglishNational English Honor SocietyBlue and Gold
FrenchFrench National Honor SocietyRed, White, and Blue
GermanGerman National Honor SocietyBlack, Red and Gold
JapaneseJapanese National Honor SocietyRed and White
MathMu Alpha ThetaRed, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple
MusicTri-M Music Honor SocietyPink
PhysicsFlorin High Physics Club (Sacramento, CA)Red and Black
ScienceScience National Honor SocietyGreen and Purple
SpanishSpanish National Honor SocietyGold and Red
TheaterInternational Thespian SocietyBlue and Gold, Red
TechnologyTechnology Student AssociationRed, Silver, and Blue

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