Graduation

Undergraduate Students

For general information regarding graduation requirements, consult the UGA Bulletin. To ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation, check with a degree program specialist in the dean’s office of your school or college. You should also be checking your progress via DegreeWorks.

Graduate Students

For general information regarding graduation requirements, consult the Graduate Bulletin. To ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation, contact the graduate coordinator’s office in your academic department or email the Graduate School at gradinfo@uga.edu.

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 Designation Required Overall GPA Tassel 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 Designation Required Overall GPA
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.0
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.89
Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.74