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Our Best Answer - What is required for university graduation honors?


Cal Poly Pomona grants honor upon graduation to student who have demonstrated academic excellence through their undergraduate career. 

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who graduate with an overall grade point average of at least 3.50.  Everyone who earns honors at graduation will have that designation noted on their diploma.  The honors are:

  • Summa Cum Laude            3.80 to 4.00 grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude             3.65 to 3.79 grade point average
  • Cum Laude                        3.50 to 3.64 grade point average   

Recipients wear a gold cord around the necks of their graduation gown to signify that they earned a baccalaureate degree with academic honors.  Check the Registrar' Office Commencement website for the date the cords will be available.

Those receiving master's degrees are not eligible for honors.

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