Academic Award Recipients
At graduation, we honor one student in each category. Other students receiving these honors are listed in the graduation program with an honors designation. The award decisions are based on the GPA and credits earned at the end of the Spring Term 1.
The Honors in General Scholarship for the Associate Degree
Based on a minimum of 30 graded credits and a GPA of 3.5 or better. This award goes to the person with the highest GPA and the most graded credits.
The Honors in General Scholarship for the Baccalaureate Degree
Based on a minimum of 60 graded credits and a GPA of 3.5 or better. This award goes to the person with the highest GPA and the most graded credits.
Charter Oak State College Honors
Awarded to a Baccalaureate Degree graduate who has completed a minimum of 30 credits in Charter Oak courses with a GPA of 3.5 or better in those courses. This award goes to the student with the highest GPA and the most Charter Oak credits.
Doris Cassiday Award Winners
The Doris G. Cassiday Award is given to those graduates who have achieved excellence in innovative learning and who exemplify the essence of the Charter Oak mission. When Charter Oak was legislated in 1973, its mission was to help adults earn their college degrees by aggregating credits from many sources. Read More
Charter Oak did not offer its own courses. Instead, it allowed students to avail themselves fully of a broad range of learning options, including correspondence courses, testing, portfolio assessment, contract learning, military service training school courses, and other non-collegiate sponsored instruction, which were evaluated for credit, as well as classroom instruction from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Over the years, Charter Oak added video courses and then online courses. However, Charter Oak has stayed true to its mission of allowing students to earn credits in a variety of ways and, therefore, honors that tradition each year as a part of its graduation celebration through the Doris G. Cassiday Award. The award was so named to honor Doris Cassiday, who was one of the founders of our College. In addition, she was the first chairperson of our governing board, first Foundation president, and a student academic advisor for thirty years. The award will continue in memory of the dedication and leadership that she provided to the College.