Latin honors are awarded to undergraduate students earning their first baccalaureate degree, and are noted on the diploma and transcript. The GPA used to determine graduation with honors is the lower of your CSUSM GPA and your overall GPA (which includes baccalaureate-level transfer credit) when the degree is awarded. Students earning a second baccalaureate degree are not eligible for Latin honors.
The following grade-point average (GPA) criteria are used:
Cum Laude – 3.500 - 3.699
Magna Cum Laude – 3.700 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude – 3.900 - 4.000
Recognition at Commencement
Your achievements are also celebrated at commencement! In order for your name and Latin honors to appear in the commencement program, you must apply to graduate by the deadline. Please see the Apply to Graduate page for more information.
Fall graduates: Your final GPA will be determined before the commencement program is printed and will be identified in the program.
Spring and Summer graduates: Your final GPA will be determined after commencement; therefore, honors will be based on coursework completed in the fall. Your final GPA (and associated Latin honors) is determined when your degree is awarded.