What are honor cords?
Graduation Honor and Recognition Cords for Schools, Colleges and Organizations
Students earning academic distinction deserve visible recognition at their graduation ceremony, whether it is from high school or college.  This can be achieved by using honor cords, a specifically colored twisted rayon cord with tassels at each end, which are draped around the graduate's neck and hang down the front of the wearer.  The color of the cord generally designates a specific academic achievement, discipline, or membership in an academic or social organization.

Bright gold honor cords are traditionally used to designate academic honor.  Different levels can be designated (i.e., honor, high honor) by tying 2 cords together to form a double honor cord for high honors.

Achieved honor in a specific academic discipline (i.e, education, business management, music) can be designated by a cord in the appropriate color assigned by the American Council on Education for the discipline.  For example, a solid pink cord for music, solid dark brown for fine arts, solid drab brown for business management, solid red for religious studies, and so forth.  The following chart outlines the colors for academic disciplines assigned by the American Council on Education:

Arts, Letters, Humanities
Commerce, Accountancy, Business
Oratory (Speech)
Silver Grey
Olive Green
Light Blue
Dark Blue
Physical Education
Sage Green
Fine Arts, Architecture
Public Administration, Foreign Service
Peacock Blue
Public Health
Salmon Pink
Home Economics
Dark Cardinal
Golden Yellow
Social Work
Library Science
Veterinary Science
Multi-color cords (2 or 3 colors intertwined in a single cord) can be used to designate achieved honor or membership in academic or social organizations.  Foreign nation studies or foreign language can be designated by a cord in the colors of the nation's flag (i.e., red and bright gold for Spain or Spanish; red, white and royal for France or French; black, bright gold and red for Germany or German).

Collegiate honor society and service chapters have color combinations approved by each of their governing organizations.  For example, Alpha Phi Omega is royal blue and old gold, Alpha Kappa Delta is teal, and Beta Phi Mu is purple and white.  The following chart outlines the colors for collegiate honor societies as registered with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and collegiate service organizations:
It has become a common practice of high schools to celebrate a special anniversary by providing each graduate with a cord in the colors of the school to be worn with their cap and gown.

The Senior Class Graduation Products team has extensive knowledge in academic protocol.  We maintain a large inventory of honor and recognition cords in all popular and academic colors as well as the more popular 2 and 3 color intertwined combinations.  Solid color cords in academic and popular colors are readily available and can be ordered online or by FAX or mail using our convenient printable order form.
Gamma Theta Upsilon
Brown, Light Blue, and Gold
Golden Key Intern'l Honour Society
Blue and Gold
Indian University Scholar Society

Iota Iota Iota
Kappa Delta Pi
Purple and Jade Green
Kappa Kappa Psi
Blue and White
Kappa Mu Epsilon
Pink and Grey
Kappa Omicron Nu
Burgundy and Cream
Kappa Theta Epsilon
Yellow and Purple
Kappa Tau Alpha
Light Blue and Gold
Lambda Iota Tau
Purple and Gold
Lambda Pi Eta
Red, White and Gold
Lambda Sigma
Blue and Gold
Mortar Board
Silver and Gold
Mu Kappa Tau
Blue and Gold
National Residence Hall Honorary
Blue and White
National Soc. of Collegiate Scholars
Burgundy and Gold
National Society of Leadership
Black and Silver
Omega Chi Epsilon
Marooin and White
Omega Rho
Blue and Red
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Blue and Gold
Omicron Delta Kappa
Sky Blue, White and Black
Order of Omega
Gold and Ivory
Phi Alpha Delta
Purple and Gold
Phi Beta Delta
Red and Gold
Phi Alpha Theta
Madonna Red and Madonna Blue
Phi Delta Phi
Red, Blue and Gold
Phi Eta Sigma
Gold and Black
Phi Kappa Phi
Navy and Gold
Phi Lambda Upsilon
Blue, Pink
Phi Sigma
Yellow, Green and White
Phi Sigma Theta
Gold, Green and Purple
Phi Sigma Iota
Phi Sigma Tau
White and Purple
Alpha Beta Gamma
Sapphire Blue and Gold
Alpha Chi
Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue
Alpha Delta Mu

Alpha Epsilon
Honor Gold or Blue and Green
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Red and Violet
Alpha Gamma Sigma
Double Gold Cord
Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Mu
Royal Blue and White
Alpha Lambda Delta
Red. Gold and White
Alpha Mu Alpha
Alpha Phi Omega
Royal Blue and Old Glory Gold
Alpha Phi Sigma
Blue and Gold
Alpha Pi Mu
White and Gold
Alpha Psi Omega
Light Blue and Amber
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Maroon/Burgundy and Gold
Alpha Sigma Mu
Silver and Gold
Alpha Sigma Nu
Maroon and Gold
Beta Beta Beta
Forest Green and Red
Beta Gamma Sigma
Gold Cord, Blue Tassel, Gold Wrap
Beta Kappa Chi
Royal Blue
Beta Phi Mu
Purple and White
Chi Epsilon
Purple and White
Chi Sigma Iota
Blue and White
Delta Epsilon Iota
Royal Blue and Old Gold
Delta Epsilon Sigma
Gold and Maroon
Delta Mu Delta
Purple and Gold
Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha

Delta Tau Alpha
Hunter Green and Harvest Gold
Epsilon Pi Tau
Blue, White and Gold
Eta Kappa Nu
Gold Cord w/Navy and Red Tassels
Eta Sigma Phi
Gold and Purple Cord/Gold Tassels
Gamma Sigma Alpha
Gold and Red
Gamma Sigma Epsilon
Blue and White

Phi Theta Kappa
Blue and Gold
Phi Upsilon Omicron
Yellow, White and Purple
Pi Alpha Alpha
Light Blue and Yellow
Pi Alpha Xi
Cerulean blue and Nile green
Pi Delta Phi
Red, White, and Blue
Pi Gamma Mu
Royal Blue and White
Pi Kappa Lambda
Gold and White
Pi Mu Epsilon
Gold, Purple and Lilac
Pi Omega Pi
Silver, Royal Blue, and Gold
Pi Sigma Alpha
Red, White, and Black
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Gold and Royal Purple
Pi Tau Sigma
Red and Blue
Pi Theta Epsilon
Navy and Gold
Psi Beta
Royal Blue and Gold
Psi Chi
Platinum and Dark Blue
Rho Chi
Royal Purple and White
S.A.L.U.T.E. Nat'l Honor Society
Red, White and Royal
Sigma Beta Delta
Hunter Green and Gold
Sigma Alpha Lambda
Navy, Black and Gold
Sigma Alpha Pi
Platinum and Black
Sigma Delta Pi
Red and Gold
Sigma Lambda Alpha
Gold and Green
Sigma Lambda Chi
Green and Gold
Sigma Pi Sigma
Forest Green and Ivory
Sigma Tau Delta
Cardinal and Black
Sigma Theta Tau
Orchid and White
Sigma Xi
Silver and Blue
Tau Alpha Pi
Green and Gold
Tau Beta Pi
Orange and White
Tau Beta Sigma
Blue and White
Tau Sigma Delta

Theta Alpha Kappa
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Maroon and White
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