Honor Cords

Honors Cord (AKA Chords)

Honor CordsRecognition of individual achievement and participation is an integral part of every student's graduation. Select your honor cords from our array of colorful choices (sometimes misspelled as honor chords or honors chords). Whether you are participating in a commencement ceremony as a member of an honors society, fraternity, sorority, department recognition, or even as summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude, honor cords serve to recognize your achievement, and we have the right honor cord for you. We even work with various honor societies. And we supply honor college stole products as well.

Academic's honor cords come in a variety of color choices, listed below. Each honor cord quoted here is a set of two (generally tied together), and online ordering assumes a set of two. Individual cords are half-price of the set, and sets of three (tied together or sold separately) can also be ordered, by using our downloadable form. Quantity discounts apply, as detailed below.

Each cord is made from a rayon exterior, wrapped around an unseen cotton core. Each individual cord measures about 60 inches (5' feet or so), and that includes two end tassels that are roughly 4" long each. Generally, a knot reduces the length by about 4" end to end.

Click here for Honor Stoles, including silk screening and embroidery.

Production turn-around time estimates are measured from order placement date to order shipment date for this product and college stoles and are usually 3-4 weeks for standard orders, and 2 weeks for rush orders (which cost an additional sum). Please remember that shipping also takes some additional time, and these production estimates can change depending on the season.

Shipping charges also apply to all orders, and depend on your exact address. All orders ship by standard UPS, insured, unless you pay for a faster shipping method. Tax applies as for California shipping addresses.


Honor Cords Price
1 $10.00
2 to 9 $10.00
10 to 24 $7.00
25 to 49 $6.00
50 to 99 $5.50
100 to 149 $5.00
150 to 249 $5.00
250 to 499 $4.75
500 or more $4.50
Minimum Order $25.00 or $50.00 (seasonal) *
Shipping Location Dependant
Rush Orders $34.95 or $49.95 (seasonal) + Special Shipping Fees* *

*Indicates the minimum sum for your entire order. You do not have to meet the minimum order for just honor cords gowns. if your total order (including other items you are ordering at the same time, such as caps and gowns, a graduate gown or academic regalia or honor stoles) meets this minimum order sum.

** Minimum order and Rush Order fees and availability may change depending on the season. Academic Apparel functions on two seasons: graduation season, which runs from about March through June, and non-graduation season, which runs from July to February. If there is a more expensive option, it will be during the graduation season.

We accept many forms of payment, including credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Discover, eCheck, JCB, MasterCard, Visa), and U.S. based personal or business checks (either in the mail or through an online eCheck, easily processed through our site).

Please note that when paying with a check online (using our eCheck system), it's just like using a regular check. Which means the banks take 10 days before they will clear the check. That means we cannot ship an order paid with a check until the 11th day after we received the order (so that we can verify the check cleared). This 10 day hold applies even to orders where you pay the rush fee. If you need an order very quickly, it's best to pay with a credit card.


The colors generally available include those listed below. Please note that the colors you see on this page may not be accurate (since everyone's monitor and video settings differ). If you would like free swatch samples, they are included along with our free catalog.

To view an actual picture of that color honor cord, please click on the appropriate link on the left-side menu. Those individualized pages include information on what that color symbolizes, honor societies associate with that color, academic regalia using that color, and other useful information.

Royal Orange Hunter Green Red Maroon White burgundy Light Blue Pink
Royal Blue Orange Hunter Green Red Maroon White Burgundy Light Blue Pink
Gold Navy Kelly Green Silver Purple Black Off White Bronze  
Gold Navy Blue Kelly Green Silver Purple Black Off White Bronze

Need to contact us? You can call us toll free at (800) 626-5000 in the US, or locally (or internationally with the appropriate country code) at (818) 886-8697. You can also fax us at (818) 886-8743. Write to us at 20644 Superior St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA (in-person visits should be done by appointment). You can also email us at the link listed on the menu to the left.

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