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Graduation with Honors

Latin Honors
Baccalaureate degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on work attempted at Old Dominion University. GPAs are NOT rounded up.

  • Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.86-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.66-3.85
  • Cum Laude, GPA 3.40-3.65
  • Graduate with Distinction (see Qualifications)

Qualifications
The cum laude designations apply only to undergraduate candidates who have completed 60 or more credit hours of course work at Old Dominion University. Fifty-four of the hours must be in grade-point graded courses. For students in approved accelerated degree programs, all graduate hours applied to the undergraduate degree will be counted in the undergraduate GPA, appear on the undergraduate transcript, and be used to determine graduation with honors.

Effective with the December 2003 graduating class, undergraduate students who have transferred in to ODU, and who have earned 45-59.99 credit hours at ODU with a GPA of 3.66 or higher, will have the words Graduate with Distinction added to the diploma under the name.

Impact of Grade Forgiveness on Latin Honors
An enhanced GPA using the Grade Forgiveness Policy and/or Adjusted Resident Credit does not determine eligibility for graduation with honors. To determine eligibility for graduation with honors, the student's complete record, including grades (grade points and hours) for courses that have been forgiven, will be evaluated to calculate the final GPA. If the student's overall GPA is sufficient, graduation with honors will be posted to the student's records.

For complete information on this policy, please see the University Catalog.