Graduation with Honors

College of Communication Policy

Among graduating seniors in each school and college, thirty percent will receive Latin Honors. The top five percent will be awarded summa cum laude, the next 10 percent magna cum laude, and the next 15 percent cum laude.

In no case will students be awarded Latin honors for grade point averages below 3.0. “Break points,” which are the grade point averages (GPA) corresponding to each of these categories, will be determined for each graduating class in each school and college at the end of the seventh (penultimate) semester by applying these percentile ranges to the list of eligible graduates arranged in order of GPA.

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 a strong academic performance during their final semester, advance their GPAs beyond a break point will be awarded degrees with the correspondingly higher Latin honor. Students whose academic performance during the final semester causes their GPAs to fall below a break point will retain the Latin honors as originally determined after seven semesters.