LSU Distinguished Communicator Program

Medal Program Overview


Effective communication is critical to everything we do in life; it is the core of successful relationships. Whether you are working with your professors, classmates, friends, colleagues or family, being able to effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas is central to the human experience.

Post-graduation, your ability to effectively communicate becomes even more important, particularly in today’s workplace. Above all else, employers are looking for graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas to others.

The LSU Distinguished Communicator program is for self-motivated LSU undergraduates who want to refine their communication skills and excel in their chosen professions. Students who successfully achieve this unique distinction are recognized with a medal at graduation and receive a permanent commendation on their official transcripts, giving them significant leverage in today’s job market. Upon completion of the program, these students possess the competitive skills and knowledge needed for 21st-century leadership. LSU is one of the only universities in the country recognizing students who excel in communicating within their discipline.

Through the Distinguished Communicator program, candidates undergo a variety of training experiences to develop their writing, speaking, visual and technological communication skills, and are required to build a public portfolio demonstrating their proficiency. They must also successfully articulate their leadership roles and experiences beyond the classroom that reflect their communication skills and their professional narrative. Candidates connect with their CxC Representative and Faculty Advisor who coach them through the process.

In order to earn the Distinguished Communicator medal, students must:

  • apply to the program with at least 3 semesters remaining (applying earlier is recommended) and complete the orientation via Moodle (this will be sent to you after you apply). 
  • contract with a faculty advisor at least 3 semesters prior to graduation and meet regularly to ensure timely submission of all components needed for certification.
  • attend DC Housekeeping meeting once a year to check in about progress.
  • earn a B- or higher in at least 4 C-I courses – minimum course mode credits: 3 written, 2 spoken, 1 visual, and 1 tech (Approved individual C-I contract may be applied) and complete the LSU Communicator Certificate.
  • participate in a minimum of 1 ePortfolio workshop designed to improve communication skills.
  • participate in experiences beyond the classroom that enable you to practice effective communication skills and prepare for your future field, including at least one which enables you to serve in a leadership role.
  • complete an approved public portfolio showcasing your communication skills.
  • unequivocally prove yourself as an effective communicator.
  • be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university.

You can download and use this personal tracking document to help you document your path to becoming a Distinguished Communicator!