Graduation With Latin Honors
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 HonorsIn 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 junior- and senior-year 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 HonorsThe 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:
|GPA||Latin Honors Eligiblity|
|3.666-3.749||cum laude, magna cum laude|
|3.750-4.0||cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude|
As of Spring 2019, 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 3.566 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 very best summa-level theses to come out of the department. Recommendations from thesis committees would need to be approved by the UHP Faculty Advisory Board and the UHP Directors Committee to be successfully applied.