The Daily Illini

The value of the James Scholar cord

Portrait of Abigail Ling, President of the James Scholar Committee for Business

December 8, 2014

Every year, the audience at graduation goes silent as “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.” begins to play. Among the sea of blue gowns, the distinguished cords of James Scholars pop against the standard academic dress. It’s an honors program meant to recognize the top students within their class....