granting academic honors
To be eligible for Latin honors, a student must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and meet GPA standards as stated below, as well as complete a minimum of 56 traditionally-graded credits at Augsburg. Transfer students should be especially aware of this requirement. Course credits earned from a grade of Pass or Low Pass do not count towards the 56 traditionally-graded semester credits unless they were earned as elected Pass or No Pass credits in Spring 2020. (Temporary changes to grading options were made available to students in Spring 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.)
Latin Honors will be conferred upon completion of the bachelor’s degree and will be determined by the final cumulative GPA. Because the Latin Honors listed in the commencement bulletin are based on the current GPA rather than the final GPA, the conferred Latin Honors may differ from what was printed in the commencement bulletin.
- Cum Laude: 3.600-3.799
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.800-3.899
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.900-4.000
- Starting Fall 2018, Summa honors will be determined based solely on GPA. Departments may, if they wish, choose to offer an oral examination as an option for their highest-achieving students but not as a requirement for Summa honors. Students are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor or department chair if they are interested in participating in the exam process, though they are not required to do so, as the Summa honors determination will be based exclusively on GPA.
- Departments should, in the context of this change, examine their grade distributions and discuss the fit between their grading practices and the standards of the University; such considerations should be part of the annual department assessment.
- For information about the guidelines for the past Summa Oral Examination, please email the Registrar Graduation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.