Graduation With Latin Honors

UHP Director Matt Bribitzer-Stull addresses the audience at the 2018 Honors Recognition Ceremony


Currently active University Honors Program students have the opportunity to graduate with Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude), a nationally-recognized symbol of academic achievement. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities students can obtain Latin Honors only through completion of the University Honors Program. Latin Honors graduates are celebrated each spring at the Honors Recognition Ceremony.


Eligibility for Latin Honors

In order to be eligible for graduation with Latin Honors, active UHP students must have:


  • Completed at least 60 graded (A–F) credits at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus,
  • Maintained successful, continuous participation in UHP,
  • Fulfilled all Honors Experience requirements, and
  • Obtained a grade point average of at least 3.500 in their last 60 graded (A–F) credits (not including transfer credit).


Level of Honors

The level of Latin honors students receive is contingent upon the quality of the honors thesis they complete and the grade point average of their last 60 graded (A–F) U of M-Twin Cities credits:


GPALatin Honors Eligiblity
3.500-3.665cum laude
3.666-3.749cum laude, magna cum laude
3.750-4.0cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude


Students who are no more than 0.1 GPA point below any of these bands, above, may be recommended by their thesis committee for the level of Honors just above the GPA level, if the student writes a truly exceptional thesis. "Exceptional"is defined as any summa-level thesis for students whose GPA is 3.649 or lower (because these students are not expected to write a summa-level thesis). For students in the 3.65–3.749 GPA range, "exceptional" will be at the judgment of the committee, who will decide if this is among the best 5-10% of summa-level theses to come out of the department. Recommendations from thesis committees will need to be approved by the UHP Faculty Advisory Board and the UHP Directors Committee to be successfully applied.