Graduation with Honors
School of Education Policy
For students graduating with a bachelor of science, the top five percent will be awarded summa cum laude, the next 10 percent will be awarded degrees magna cum laude, and the next 15 percent will be awarded degrees cum laude.
“Break points,” which are the grade point averages (GPAs) corresponding to each of these categories, are determined for each graduating class in each school and college at the end of the seventh (penultimate) semester.
Students who advance their GPAs beyond a break point during their final semester will be awarded degrees with the corresponding 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 GPAs below 3.0.