Commencement Information - Graduate with Honors


Graduate with Honors

Students graduating with honors will be noted in the commencement program and will be given academic cords to wear with their cap and gown.  Because final grades are not available at the time of commencement, honors status at commencement will reflect the cumulative GPA at the completion of the semester prior to graduation.

There is no charge for honors cords and no additional fee for the student.

cum laude - 3.50 - 3.84 GPA
magna cum laude - 3.85 or higher GPA
summa cum laude - 3.95 or higher and successful completion of departmental honors thesis

Actual degree honors will be calculated once all degree requirements have been satisfied and final grades have been calculated. The notation of honors recorded on your transcript will reflect final honors calculation rather than commencement honors.

Honors noted in the commencement program are for December, January and May graduates, students graduating later do not have honors recorded in the commencement program.

If you have questions about your honors status, please contact the Records Office at 618-664-7025 or

Academic Honor Cords

Honor cords will be distributed to traditional students in Greenville Central. If you are a Degree Completion student or UTEP student, the cords will be mailed to you before the ceremony. Only those students who have completed all the coursework necessary for a degree will receive the cords. If additional coursework is needed, honor cords will be mailed upon completion of the degree.

Academic Hood

Graduates earning their master’s degree will receive their hood when they are individually recognized during the commencement ceremony.


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