2020 Summer Trimester

Academic Honors


To describe the process and procedure for recognizing academic honors at commencement.


All eligible students


Students whose official cumulative grade point average qualifies them for graduation with honors the trimester before they graduate will be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony.

Revised: December 2016 / Effective: March 2017


  • The list of graduate candidates with their cumulative grade point average from the most recently completed trimester will be reviewed by the University Registrar or his/her designee to determine those students who qualify for graduation with honors.
  • The following will be used as the appropriate honors designation for all degree programs:
    Summa Cum Laude 3.9 - 4.00
    Magna Cum Laude 3.7 - 3.89
    Cum Laude 3.5 - 3.69
  • The above procedure will be used to determine those students to be listed in the commencement program and who will receive honors recognition at the commencement ceremony. Final eligibility for the level of graduation honors will be determined following the posting of grades for the final trimester and will be reflected on the Northwestern Health Sciences University transcript and diploma.