Graduating with Honors in College

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here, and I apologize for my lack of posting last week! I know the seniors in our journalism class are writing their final blog post this week- it will be so strange coming to an almost-empty class for the rest of the school year once they all graduate! The topic of senior graduation got me thinking about what I want to write for this week’s post, and so today I will be writing about college graduation- specifically, graduating with honors.

cap-diploma-1315412-1279x837There are a lot of different titles that high schools use during graduation ceremonies, the most common ones being Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Issaquah recently made the switch to honoring students with Latin honor titles, which is what most colleges do as well. The Latin titles are Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.

Cum Laude is Latin for ‘With Honor,’ Magna Cum Laude for ‘With Great Honor,’ and Summa Cum Laude for ‘With Highest Honor.’ To earn any of these titles, you must have a somewhat high GPA. To earn the title of Cum Laude, you need a GPA of at least 3.5. The title of Magna Cum Laude comes with a GPA of 3.8-3.9, while a perfect GPA- something that is very difficult to obtain in college- will reward you with the title of Summa Cum Laude.

These titles, since they are based on GPA brackets, allow for more students to be distinguished for their academic achievements, which is part of the reason why Issaquah has adopted these titles for our senior graduation.

That’s it for this week’s blog post! I thought talking about similarities between Issaquah’s graduation awards and college graduation awards was an interesting topic to write about.

See you next week,


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