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Graduation with Honors

Requirements effective beginning with Spring 2008 Graduates

Cumulative GPA Requirements for Latin Honors

  • 3.900 to 4.000 Summa cum laude
  • 3.750 to 3.899 Magna cum laude
  • 3.500 to 3.749 Cum laude

To be eligible for graduation with honors, at least 62 quality* hours (QHRS) of the coursework to be applied to the degree must have been completed at the College of Charleston. All coursework taken at the College of Charleston will be included in the calculation of the GPA for graduation with honors.

*Note that a course graded with a "P" carries no quality hours.

Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement

Latin honors recognized at commencement are presumptive and are based on the cumulative GPA that the student has earned in the term prior to the graduation term (i.e. before graduation term grades are posted).  Both completed and enrolled hours* taken in residence at College of Charleston are taken into consideration, as well.

*Cumulative quality hours + enrolled hours must equal 62 or higher to qualify - courses graded with a "P" do not carry quality hours and are not included.

Students who do not meet honors requirements until after all grades are in for their graduation term will not be recognized for honors in the commencement program, however, actual honors will be noted both on the transcript and on the diploma once all grades are recorded.

Students who graduated in the fall (or summer) of the prior year and participate in the May commencement ceremony will have their actual honors earned recognized.

Students who are allowed to participate in the ceremony by petition/exception will not be recognized for honors.

Honors Medallions

Students who are recognized for Latin honors at commencement will receive an honors medallion on a maroon ribbon to wear at the ceremony.  The Office of the Registrar will have these available for graduates at the ceremony during line-up.