Graduation with Honors

The University awards degrees with honors to candidates who meet specified standards of academic excellence. Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted. The overall GPA or all-college average includes all work attempted at the University of Georgia as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or subsequent to matriculation at the University. Respective standards are as follows:

Honors DesignationRequired Overall GPATassel Color
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.0 Red, Silver and Black
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 - 3.89 Red and Silver
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69 Red and Black

First Honor Graduates

Each student completing a baccalaureate degree with an overall grade point average of 4.0 will be designated a First Honor Graduate. The overall grade point average or all-college average includes all work attempted at the University of Georgia as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or subsequent to matriculation at the University.

First Honors Graduates wear a fourragère (braided cord) on their left shoulder as part of their graduation academic regalia.

 

Effective December 2018 for Fall 2018 graduates the following graduation honors criteria will be in effect:

Honors DesignationRequired Overall GPA
Summa Cum Laude3.90 - 4.0
Magna Cum Laude3.75 - 3.89
Cum Laude3.60 - 3.74