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Graduation with Honors

Honors Criteria
College honors are awarded as summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. The Educational Policies Committee has approved the minimum grade point average (GPA) needed to qualify for graduation with honors in each category. Students are eligible to graduate with honors if they have:

  1. completed at least 55 credits at Purchase College, graded A+ through WF (grades of P, SP, UP, or CR are not counted) and
  2. achieved the following minimum GPA:
    Summa Cum Laude: 3.90
    Magna Cum Laude: 3.75
    Cum Laude: 3.50

Coursework taken at Manhattanville College through the cross-registration agreement counts toward the GPA calculation and honors.

College honors are noted in the commencement program with a statement that the notation is based on seven semesters’ work or the equivalent. This is necessary because the program is printed before the final semester’s grades are available.

For updates during 2016–2018, please refer to the College Policies site (

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