The Service-Learning Volunteer Center at Oklahoma State University is currently accepting online applications from graduates and undergraduates whose volunteer service qualifies them to receive an honorary orange CORD at their graduation ceremony. The CORD, which is draped around the collar of the graduation gown, stands for Creating Opportunities for Responsible Development.

“The CORD program provides a way for OSU to come together to celebrate student leaders’ performance of significant service and problem-solving within the communities in which they live,” said Joyce Montgomery, Service-Learning Volunteer Center coordinator.

Graduating students may qualify for an honorary orange graduation CORD if they have served at least 400 hours as an undergraduate or 300 hours as a graduate student at OSU-Stillwater. Students who qualify for the CORD receive an honorary orange CORD to wear at graduation, which signifies their commitment to service as OSU students and alumni.

Students at Oklahoma State University are well-known for their commitment to service as well as their willingness to dedicate time and resources to various worthy causes. It’s these characteristics that led to the launching of the CORD Program.  

In 2009, Dr. Lee Bird, vice president for Student Affairs, partnered with the OSU Service-Learning Volunteer Center to make a commitment to celebrate Oklahoma State’s outstanding student volunteers by offering them an honorary orange CORD upon graduation. CORD is a flourishing program that recognizes a growing number of students who dedicate countless service hours to helping others. Since its inception, more than 100 students have been awarded this special distinction.

CORD applications for May 2014 graduates are now available online in the applications section of  They are due by April 18 in room 211 Student Union.


Since its inception in 1984, the Service-Learning Volunteer Center has promoted leadership for Oklahoma State University students by offering interactive and meaningful service-learning activities, providing research opportunities and connecting with society to promote the general welfare of its citizens. For more information about the SLVC, visit

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