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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. Undergraduate students are eligible to graduate with honors if they have:

  1. completed at least 55 credits at Purchase College, graded A+ through WF and
  2. achieved the following minimum GPA:
    Summa Cum Laude: 3.90
    Magna Cum Laude: 3.75
    Cum Laude: 3.50

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.