Academic honors are awarded to undergraduate degree recipients and are calculated based on all grades from all institutions of higher education attended.
Cum Laude (with honors) - Students who earn a Grade Point Average (GPA) between 3.50 and 3.749
Magna Cum Laude (with high honors) - Students who earn a GPA between 3.75 and 3.949
Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) - Students who earn a GPA between 3.950 and 4.00
The university approved attire for graduation is a cap and gown as distributed by the university. Academic honor cords (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) and Alpha Chi cords and Belmont Scholar are issued by the university during rehearsal to qualified undergraduate candidates. Masters and doctoral candidates should wear hoods to commencement as received during their respective hooding ceremonies.
Cords or stoles awarded through individual academic disciplines, or fraternities/sororities, are not eligible to be worn at the university commencement ceremony.