Latin Honors, Medallions, and Cords

Cumulative GPA Requirements for Latin Honors

  • 3.900 to 4.000 Summa cum laude
  • 3.750 to 3.899 Magna cum laude
  • 3.500 to 3.749 Cum laude

To be eligible for graduation with honors, at least 62 quality* hours (QHRS) of the coursework to be applied to the degree must have been completed at the College of Charleston. All coursework taken at the College of Charleston will be included in the calculation of the GPA for graduation with honors.

*Note that a course graded with a "P" carries no quality hours.

Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement

Latin Honors recognized at Commencement are presumptive and are based on the cumulative GPA that the student has earned in the term prior to the graduation term (i.e., before graduation term grades are posted). Cumulative quality hours + enrolled hours must equal 62 or higher to qualify - courses graded with a "P" do not carry quality hours and are not included.

  • Students who have applied to graduate in Fall 2019 and are preliminarily clearing (on track to meet all graduation requirements) for graduation will be recognized for Latin Honors in the December 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  Summer 2019 graduates who are eligible for the December ceremony will also be recognized for Latin Honors based on their graduating GPAs.
  • Students who have applied to graduate in Spring 2020 and are preliminarily clearing (on track to meet all graduation requirements) for graduation will be recognized for Latin Honors in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Students who have applied to graduate in Summer 2020 may participate in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies, but will NOT be recognized for Latin Honors. However, if requirements are met upon actual graduation, Latin Honors will be denoted on the diploma and official transcript.
  • Students who graduated in Summer or Fall 2019, and have not participated in a Commencement Ceremony, will be recognized for Latin Honors in the May Ceremonies, based on their graduating GPAs.

Honors Medallions

Students who are recognized for Latin honors at commencement will receive an honors medallion on a maroon ribbon to wear at the ceremony.  The Office of the Registrar will have these available for graduates at the ceremony during line-up.

For more information on Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement, visit the Graduation with Honors website.

Other Medallions and Cords

The commencement ceremony celebrates the successful completion of an academic degree. To this end, all medallions and cords worn during the ceremony should be indicators of significant academic achievement. Officially sanctioned medallions and cords include medallions for Latin Honors, Phi Kappa Phi, the Honors College, and national disciplinary honor societies.

Cords representing service awards and departmental honors may be worn at ceremonies for departmental awards and other ceremonies recognizing service, but they should not be worn at the commencement ceremony.