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 to 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

To be eligible for Latin honors a student must have completed 54 credits of coursework at Greenville University. Honorable Mention is awarded to students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA but have earned fewer than 54 credits from Greenville University.

Final academic honors are listed in the program for all eligible students regardless of their anticipated graduation date.

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

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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