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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR DANCE ARTS
CHAPTER SPONSOR HANDBOOK
JUNIOR/SECONDARY PROGRAM

Graduation with Honors Information

How does a student apply for Graduation with Honors?

Students who are interested in applying for Graduation with Honors must first be inducted into NHSDA. If they have not, see the Steps to Student Induction. All students must be inducted before receiving Graduation with Honors. It is recommended that these be spread out by a few semesters to allow students adequate time to complete the additional points and writing sample. However, if this is not possible, students who have met the requirements for Graduation with Honors may be Inducted and then immediately apply for Graduation with Honors. Regardless of the timing of the Induction and Graduation with Honors processes, the $8 fee will apply twice as two separate certificates will be made by the system.

Students should continue to track their points using the Points Tracking Form on www.nhsda-ndeo.org, or using another method such as a spreadsheet, portfolio, or online system. Documentation must be submitted to the Chapter Sponsor by the requested deadline (to be determined by the sponsor). The Chapter Sponsor will then log in to www.nhsda-ndeo.org to confer the Graduation with Honors, using the information recorded on the student’s application. The student does not need to apply online for Graduation with Honors.

 What does role does the Chapter Sponsor play in the Graduation with Honors process?



The Chapter Sponsor will be responsible for approving / verifying points earned and for determining when each student has met the criteria for Graduation with Honors. Once documentation of points has been provided by the student, the Chapter Sponsor will fill out an Induction Rubric with the Graduation with Honors information for each applicant to maintain for the Chapter’s records. They can then log on to www.nhsda-ndeo.org to confer the Graduation with Honors. The Chapter Sponsor should submit induction approvals and payments at least three weeks before the induction ceremony in order to allow ample time for the NDEO home office to print and mail the induction certificates.

Chapter Sponsors must also complete the transaction for Graduation with Honors fees (which include the certificate) and order the optional honor pins or cords if desired by students. Students/parents cannot pay individual induction fees or order pins or cords.

What do students get when they receive Graduation with Honors?

All students will receive official certificates at the time of Graduation with Honors printed and mailed to the school from the NDEO Home Office (this is included in the $8/student induction fee). There is an additional fee for the blue/white Honor Cords ($17.50 plus shipping), which may be purchased at the time of Induction, OR when confering Graduation with Honors, at the Chapter Sponsor's discretion. 

*In cases where an inducted student is a member of an NHSDA chapter at dance studio or other program outside of a K-12 school, please be aware that some K-12 schools will not allow the graduating senior to wear the NHSDA honor cords at graduation since the honor was earned in a program outside of that K-12 school. In this case, parents and chapter sponsor of the inducted student can petition the (K12) school principal or administration for approval to wear the cords. This should be done well in advance of the graduation date.

 When are students granted Graduation with Honors? 

NHSDA Graduation with Honors recognition is conducting on a rolling basis, with Chapter Sponsors determining the timeline for recognition that works best for the Chapter. There is no national deadline for granting Graduation with Honors status to an Inductee. The Chapter Sponsor should tell students to have all proof of points earned turned in at least 5 weeks before the graduation ceremony date. This gives the teacher a week to assimilate the names/points, complete the Graduation with Honors Rubric for each student, confer Graduation with Honors at www.nhsda-ndeo.org, collect the fees, submit payment through the NDEO Institutional membership at www.ndeo.org, order the pins or honor cords and plan the optional recognition ceremony. To ensure that the induction certificates are delivered before the induction ceremony, please make sure you complete the online induction application and pay the fees at least 3 weeks before the ceremony date.

The Chapter Sponsor should verify the Graduation with Honors online and pay the fees at least three weeks before they are needed.
The Chapter Sponsor may decide to confer the recognition at a public ceremony (other than graduation), or may choose to distribute the materials privately. In either case, the student should wear the honor cord at all graduation ceremonies, provided it is allowed for in school policy.