Graduation with Honors

College of Fine Arts Policy

Among graduating seniors in the College of Fine Arts, five percent will be awarded degrees summa cum laude, ten percent degrees magna cum laude, and fifteen percent cum laude. “Break points,” which are the grade point averages (GPA) corresponding to each of these categories, will be determined at the end of the seventh semester. Students falling in the designated percentile ranges on the basis of their GPA after seven semesters will be certified for degrees with the corresponding Latin honors. Students who by virtue of strong academic performances during their final semester advance their GPA beyond a break point will be awarded degrees with the correspondingly higher Latin honor. Students whose academic performance during the final semester causes their GPA to fall below a break point will retain the Latin honors as originally determined after seven semesters. In no case will students be awarded Latin honors for grade point averages below 3.0.