In Fall 2018, we awarded 79 students with the Elite Scholar Cord and 44 students with the Community Engaged Scholar Cord. That means our students completed over 7,900 internship hours and over 2,200 community service hours! Way to go, Trailblazers! 


Students can begin to submit their service hours on Monday, February 18th, 2019.

To receive an Elite Scholar Cord and/or a Community Engaged Scholar Cord, submit your hours here: Spring 2019 Experiential Learning Cords Form.

Hours cannot be duplicated. Elite Scholar Cord and Community Engaged Scholar Cord hours must be different hours.

The last day to submit information is Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 11:59pm. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

To participate in the Ring and Cord Ceremony, students must register with Student Affairs.

Students who will not be attending the Ring and Cord Ceremony and whose hours have been approved, can pick up their cords between Wednesday, May 8th – Thursday, May 16th, 2019.


Students who are graduating in May 2019 are eligible for an Elite Scholar Cord or a Community Engaged Scholar Cord if they have met the following respective requirements:

  • Elite Scholar Cord – for students who have completed a 100 hour minimum internship, practicum, or student teaching while being a student at UNT Dallas
  • Community Engaged Scholar Cord – for students who have completed a minimum of 50 hours of community service or service learning while being a student at UNT Dallas

These experiential learning and co-curricular activities can be done for academic credit, student organization expectations, or for personal endeavors.

Students must submit a time log showcasing the following details (if applicable):

  • The site location
  • The name of the agency / company
  • The number of hours completed
  • Site supervisor’s title, email address, and phone number
  • A signature from the site supervisor, EL office, or professor

For students who need a time log to record their information, go to: Student Time and Activity Log

*Students who falsify information are subject to a hold of their graduation process.*

For questions, email

Please put your name and Graduation Cords in the subject box.

(ex. Jane Doe-Graduation Cords).


Community engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good.  In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”