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Graduating with Honors

Degrees with Honors


Honor designations for baccalaureate degrees are cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

Cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has completed at least 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.75 in all coursework taken at DU.

For candidates with fewer than 90 quarter hours, cum laude is awarded if the student received a recommendation from the major department, and if he or she achieved a minimum GPA of 3.75 at the University.

Magna cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has completed at least 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.85 in all coursework taken at DU. A candidate for this honor must present a thesis or project, or receive distinction in his or her major.

For candidates with fewer than 90 quarter hours, magna cum laude is awarded if the student received a recommendation from the major department and if he or she achieved a minimum GPA of 3.85 at the University.

Summa cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has earned a minimum of 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.95. A candidate for this honor must present a thesis or project, or receive distinction in his or her major.

For candidates with fewer than 90 quarter hours, summa cum laude is awarded if the student received a recommendation from the major department, and if he or she achieved a minimum GPA of 3.95 at the University.