Latin Honors at Commencement - Undergraduates Only
To be eligible for scholastic honors at Commencement, a student must have completed at LMU at least 60 semester hours toward the baccalaureate degree on a graded basis (Credit/No Credit grades do not apply). Eligible students for honors at May 2013 Commencement either received a degree in August or December 2012 or are a degree candidate for May, August, or December 2013. Honors at Commencement are determined by the cumulative grade point average at the time the degree is granted, based on LMU work only. These honors are entered on the transcript and are inscribed on the diploma. The following minimum grade point averages are required for the honors indicated:
- 3.9 Summa Cum Laude
- 3.7 Magna Cum Laude
- 3.5 Cum Laude
Students who are candidates for honors at graduation will receive recognition during the Commencement ceremony. May, August, and December 2013 degree candidates will be recognized as pending for honors if they have a 3.5 grade point average or higher as of mid-February 2013.
Students with Honors at Commencement will be listed in the Commencement Program as indicated:
- Honors Received - These candidates for graduation were awarded degrees prior to May 2013 and are participating in the Commencement ceremony. They already received their final grade point averages, and therefore, the honors listed for them will reflect their actual diploma honors.
- Honors Pending - These candidates for graduation will not yet have a final cumulative grade point average as of the Commencement ceremony date, and the honors listed for them will be based on their grade point average as of mid-February 2013. Consequently, the honors printed on their diplomas and final transcript may differ from those noted in the Commencement Program.
University Academic Awards - Undergraduates Only
For students to be eligible for academic awards presented at the May Commencement ceremony, they must have either graduated in the previous August or December or be a candidate for May graduation who is completing degree requirements in Spring 2013 (students completing degree requirements for August 2013 or December 2013 graduation are not eligible for academic awards until 2014). In addition, the completion of 60 graded semester hours at LMU is required.
The University Scholar of the Year Award
Presented to the student who has achieved the best overall academic record while at the University, taking into consideration the University Honors Program, second majors, and minors. This student entered LMU as a freshman; had full-time status every semester, with a minimum of 12 graded semester credit hours each term; and has the highest grade point average.
The Valedictorian Award
Presented to the graduating senior who has a distinguished academic record, has completed 60 graded semester hours at LMU, and was selected by a committee to deliver the student commencement address. The awardee has a 3.7 minimum grade point average and was enrolled full-time every semester, with a minimum of 12 graded semester hours per term.
College and School Scholars - Undergraduates Only
Awarded to the graduating seniors with the most outstanding academic record in each college and school.
Program Scholars - Undergraduates Only
Presented to the graduating seniors with the most outstanding academic record in each major. Awardees must have a 3.5 minimum grade point average.
Named and Endowed Awards - Undergraduates Only
Presented to the graduating seniors who have been selected for named and endowed service and academic awards.
Graduate Division Awards
Awarded upon approval by the dean of their respective college or school to the graduating Master’s and Doctoral degree candidates who have been recognized for exemplary achievement in their fields. Graduate students are not eligible for Honors at Commencement (e.g., Cum Laude, etc.).