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University Honors

Undergraduate students who meet the following requirements will be awarded Latin Honors. Honors will be printed on the student’s diploma, as well as their official transcript. Masters, Ed.S, and Doctoral students are not awarded Latin honors.

Students earning Latin Honors wear a gold cord at commencement. Honors recognized during the commencement ceremony do not include the final semester’s course work, and are therefore unofficial. Official University Honors on the diploma and official transcript will include the final semester’s grades.

Students will receive information via their MSU email address about when and where to pick up their honor cord at no cost to them.

Honor cords are distributed to only those students participating in the ceremony. If a student is not participating in the ceremony and has earned honors, the appropriate honors will be noted on the student's official transcript and diploma.

Baccalaureate Latin Honors

Summa Cum Laude - Institutional GPA of 3.9 to 4.0
Magna Cum Laude - Institutional GPA of 3.7 to 3.89
Cum Laude - Institutional GPA of 3.5 to 3.69

Students must earn at least 43 credit hours from MSU.

Associate degree Honors

With Distinction - Institutional GPA of 3.6 to 4.0

Students must earn at least 32 credit hours from MSU.


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