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Undergraduate Honors and Honor Society

Undergraduate degree (ALB) candidates with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.33 or higher graduate cum laude (with honors). The top 10 percent of the graduating class in good standing is inducted into the Harvard Extension School’s Phi Beta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for nontraditional students. Ordinarily, undergraduate students with GPAs of 3.8 or higher are eligible.

Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award

ALB candidates with GPAs of 3.5 or higher and master’s degree (ALM) candidates with 3.8 or higher earn the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award.


Prizes are awarded to graduates in their graduation year by members of the Extension School academic administration. The only prizes that require student submissions are the Derek Bok Public Service Prize and the commencement speaker prizes.

Annamae and Allan R. Crite Prize.  ALM (liberal arts field) and ALB graduates who concentrate in visual arts or other artistic fields are eligible for this award, which is granted on the basis of academic achievement and dedication to learning and the arts.

Class Marshal. Each year two graduates at the top of the ALB graduating class are chosen to represent their class at graduation.

Dean’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis. Awarded in biology, biotechnology, English, government, international relations, mathematics for teaching, psychology or clinical psychology, information technology, and sustainability as well as humanities (e.g., dramatic arts, religion, and literature and creative writing) and social sciences (e.g., anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, and legal studies), this award recognizes the thesis research that embodies the highest level of scholarship.

Dean’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Capstone. Awarded in digital media design, journalism, museum studies, and sustainability (one for ENVR 599 and one for ENVR 599a), this award recognizes work that embodies the highest level of scholarship.

Director’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis. Runner-up option for the dean’s thesis prize. Awarded in the same fields as the dean’s thesis prize, but only occasionally.

Derek Bok Public Service Prize. This Commencement award recognizes creative initiatives in community service or long-standing records of civic achievement among graduates. The application deadline is the first Monday in March. Interested undergraduate and master’s graduates should submit the Derek Bok Service Prize form.

The Harold Langlois Award. This award recognizes an ALM management, finance, or industrial-organizational psychology graduate who has demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment and promise as a manager. Based upon highest cumulative GPA.

Harvard Extension Commencement Speaker Prize. During their graduation year, bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates are invited to enter the Commencement speaker competition to deliver the student speech at their programs’ diploma awarding ceremony. See our speech guidelines. Speech submissions are due by the first Monday in March.

Harvard University Commencement Speaker Prize. ALB and ALM graduates can participate in the Orations Competition and deliver the prize-winning speech at the morning Commencement exercise in Harvard Yard to an audience of 30,000. The application process ordinarily begins in March and ends late April.

The Katie Y.F. Yang Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the international ALM management, finance, or industrial-organizational psychology graduate with the most outstanding academic record.

The Klein Family History Prize. The Klein Prize recognizes the thesis in the field of history that represents superior achievement in historical scholarship.

Reginald H. Phelps Prize. Three prizes are awarded to ALB graduates for academic achievement and character. Ordinarily, graduates at the top of their class.

Santo J. Aurelio Prize. Awarded to an ALB degree recipient aged 50 or older, this prize acknowledges distinguished and unique records of academic achievement and character.

Thomas Small Prize. Two prizes are awarded to ALM graduates (liberal arts fields) for academic achievement and character.