Graduation with Honors

Sargent College Policy

Through the BU Registrar, graduating seniors in each school and college in the top 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 for each graduating class in each school and college at the end of the seventh 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 GPAs 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 GPAs beyond a break point will be awarded degrees with the correspondingly higher Latin honor. A student whose academic performance during the final semester causes his/her 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.