Graduation Honors

Academic honors appear on the graduation program, diploma and transcript.  In addition, the honors are read when the students’ names are called to receive their diplomas on stage and are posted on the Registrar’s website.


To be eligible for graduation honors, a student seeking a baccalaureate degree must enroll in and complete a minimum of 45 undergraduate semester hours at St. Mary’s University, not including Pass/No Pass or credit by exam courses, preceding graduation. The GPA of all college hours attempted, excluding transfer hours, must equal that required here for the appropriate category of honors. Honors are not conferred on combination degrees or on second degrees. Students eligible to wear academic honor cords will be notified by email to pick-up an academic honor cord from the Registrar’s Office in St. Louis Hall, Room 104. For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 210-436-3701 or email

Summa cum laude 3.90-4.00 Double-Braided Blue and Gold Cord
Magna cum laude 3.80-3.89 Gold Cord
Cum laude 3.60-3.79 Blue Cord


Distinguished graduates must receive a favorable recommendation from their Graduate Program Director; have a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher;, and have not received a grade of U or a grade below B, even if they have repeated the course with a grade of S, B or A. Distinguished graduates may pick-up a distinguished graduate medallion from the Graduate Admission Office in Reinbolt Hall, Room 105. Distinguished graduate requirements subject to change. 

For more information, contact the Graduate School at 210-436-3101.