Graduating with Distinction

College of Engineering (COE)
The college guidelines indicate that the top 8% of the senior class may graduate with distinction. The top 2% may graduate with High or Highest Distinction, and the remaining 6% may graduate with Distinction. In practice, the middle of the fall semester each academic year, the COE Committee on Graduation With Distinction uses the guidelines and historical data to set the two minimum GPA criteria for the levels of distinction. Those GPA criteria apply for the entire academic year. Also according to COE guidelines, the faculty must vote to approve each candidate for graduation with distinction.

Each department in COE has established additional requirements for graduation with Highest Distinction. Agricultural Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering students who meet the College requirements for graduation with High Distinction, must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria in order to be considered for graduation with Highest Distinction:

• Publish a technical paper, or have a manuscript reviewed by the department and submitted to a journal for publication.
• Submit a technical paper, accepted by the department, for a paper competition such as the ASABE Mid Central Conference.
• Submit a completed design project report for regional or national competition such as ASABE National Student Design competition.
• Complete an honors thesis or honors design project accepted by the Department (for students enrolled in the University’s Honors Program).
• Demonstrate exceptional leadership in the Department, The College of Engineering or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In order to be considered for graduation with Highest Distinction, the student must submit to his/her academic advisor by March 1 for May graduation, July 1 for August graduation, and has met the criteria for graduation with Highest Distinction. The student’s academic advisor will then prepare a short (one page or less) recommendation to the Department faculty describing the student’s qualifications for graduation with Highest Distinction.

Approved by unanimous vote of the faculty in attendance at the November 21, 2006 Department of Biological Systems Engineering faculty meeting.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, the CASNR recommends the bachelors degree With Distinction, With High Distinction, and With Highest Distinction. Recommendations are made by the CASNR Committee on Scholarship.

To be eligible for consideration, undergraduate students must complete 45 credit hours at UNL for a letter grade (excluding pass/no pass marks) prior to the semester in which they graduate, and must have completed 60 credit hours at UNL at the time they graduate. To determine eligibility, the Committee uses the cumulative GPA as follows:

With Distinction 3.800 - 3.8999
With High Distinction 3.900 - 3.949
With Highest Distinction 3.950 - 4.000 and an undergraduate thesis