Graduation

Baccalaureate Honors

Baccalaureate Honors: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude Cum Laude means "with praise," Magna Cum Laude means "with great praise," and Summa Cum Laude means "with highest praise."

Baccalaureate honors are awarded upon graduation to undergraduates earning their first bachelor's degree with at least 90 UW credits, of which at least 60 are numerically graded. Correspondence credits do not count as "UW credits."  Students who have earned quarterly and/or annual Dean's List recognition do not necessarily qualify for baccalaureate honors.

GPA Requirements (Autumn 2014 - Summer 2015)
Program Cum Laude* Magna Cum Laude* Summa Cum Laude*
Business Administration 3.72 3.84 3.94
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences 3.81 3.89 3.98
Nursing and Health Studies 3.93 3.97 4.00
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (includes Computer Science and Software Engineering) 3.74 3.90 3.96

*Students must also earn 90 matriculated credits in residence at the UW and at least 60 credits must be graded.Summa Cum Laude is the top 0.5%, Magna Cum Laude is the next 3%, and Cum Laude is the next 6.5%

All graduates earning baccalaureate honors are given a gold honor cord to wear in the Commencement ceremony and the honor is listed in the Commencement bulletin. For students graduating in spring, the honors listed in the commencement bulletin, as well as honor cord distribution, are based upon a student's cumulative GPA as of the winter quarter, since spring grades are not available for this determination (see box at the right). Spring classes are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations for honors posted to the student's final record.

The GPAs for baccalaureate honors are set each year for the following year (autumn through summer) by a subcommittee of the Faculty Council on Academic Standards, based on statistics for the current year provided by the Graduation and Academic Records Office. The GPA cutoffs may be different for each of the degree programs.

 

Honor Cord for Commencement

For spring/summer graduates

To be eligible to wear a Baccalaureate Honor Cord during the commencement ceremony, an undergraduate student must:

  • Complete 75 UW credits by the end of winter quarter, of which at least 60 are numerically graded
  • Meet the cumulative GPA requirement by the end of winter quarter (see chart)