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CHABSS Academic Honors Celebration

Latin honoree under balloon arch
family photo booth


What is it?

CHABSS Academic Honors Celebration, held annually in the afternoon in late April in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building Courtyard, is an invite-only event that recognizes and celebrates graduating students across all CHABSS majors who earned Latin Honors (see Dean's List) as well as students who earned one of the four CHABSS Dean’s Awards.

Typically, graduating students will be informed if they earned Latin Honors by early to mid-March and will receive an email from the CHABSS Dean's Office inviting them to the Academic Honors Celebration.


Latin honoree being chorded by dean
2022 CHABSS Champions


Students are encouraged to bring family and friends (up to four guests per student) to the celebration which is held outdoors in an open-house format (which means guests can arrive and depart at their convenience) between 1:00-3:00 pm. There is not an official program. Light refreshments are served, a music band entertains, and photo booths help capture memories of this special day. Latin honorees will be chorded by the CHABSS Dean and CHABSS Dean's Award winners will be recognized in a brief awards presentation. 

A photographer will take photos throughout the celebration, and the photos will be posted within a few days for students to view and download their favorites.

What do you do with the gold chord?

The gold chords are to be worn during commencement to recognize a student’s academic achievement. If a student cannot attend the Academic Honors Celebration, they may pick up their chord at the CHABSS Dean’s Office (SBSB 4115) starting the following Monday or they may pick up their chord when they check-in at commencement.


CHABSS students at commencement 2022
CHABSS students walking across stage at commencement 2022

What are Latin Honors?

It is referred to as Latin honors because of the Latin terminology used in the recognition. There are three Latin honors titles associated with graduation. A GPA of at least 3.9 earns the honor of summa cum laude (meaning, with highest honors), a GPA of at least 3.7 and less than 3.9 earns magna cum laude (with high honors), and a GPA of at least 3.5 and less than 3.7 earns cum laude (with honors).

For clarity, because it can be confusing, there is a difference between a CSUSM GPA and a student’s overall GPA. The CSUSM GPA is calculated from only courses taken at CSUSM. The overall GPA includes coursework transferred in from another institution. The university will use the lower of the two GPAs to confer honors, which means that both GPAs must be above a 3.5 to be eligible for honors. For example, if the student’s CSUSM GPA is a 4.0 and their overall GPA is a 3.6, then student is eligible for cum laude (not summa cum laude).