Interested commencement speakers should upload a written copy of their speech with their application, and email a video presenting their speech (limit to 5 minutes in length) by April 11 to email@example.com. The taped speeches will be reviewed by a selection panel. Selection will be made by the dean of students and the provost. (Do not submit video that has been taped using Zoom.)
The Senior Awards are presented to a select group of graduating seniors who are members of the Class of 2021 and who meet the following criteria for each award:
Applicant has a cumulative grade point average between 3.00 and 4.00, significant involvement within the major area of academic concentration, and participation in co-curricular activities within the university community.
Applicants have demonstrated involvement within the major area of academic concentration and demonstration of significant involvement in co-curricular activities within the college community.
Colored tassels on graduates’ caps designate the degree received.
Apricot – Nursing
Blue and Green – Geography
Brown – Dance
Brown and Orange – Liberal Studies
Citron – Social Work
Copper – Economics
Dark Blue – Social Sciences (Criminal Justice, Fire Science, History, Philosophy,
Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
Drab – Business Administration
Golden Yellow – Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences,
Light Blue – Education
Orange – Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
Pink – Music
Sage Green – Athletic Training, Healthcare Studies, and Sport and Movement Science
Silver Grey – Theatre Arts
Teal – Occupational Health Studies
White – Art, Media & Communication, English, Spanish, and World Languages and Cultures
Cords and Stoles
All graduating students will be awarded a Viking Strong cord at the Roll Call events. Some honor societies, offices, and student organizations award cords or stoles to student members during the spring semester. For those groups that were not able to award regalia to students beforehand, these items may be available at Senior Portraits and/or the Viking Roll Call check-in.
Honors cords will be distributed at Senior Portraits and/or Viking Roll Call check-in to undergraduates graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.300 or higher as of the end of the fall 2020 semester and who will have earned at least 60 credits in residence at Salem State University by the end of the spring 2021 term.