Graduation Honors

Academic Honors

Graduation honors are determined by calculating the grade point average (GPA) for all grades the student has received (CUNY and non CUNY, including those grades that were not transferable) and separately calculating the GPA of CUNY courses which appear on our transcript. The required GPA for graduation honors must be met in both cases. The lowest of the two GPAs determines the honors. (This is the same approach taken by most of the CUNY senior colleges.)

Honor Required GPA
Cum laude 3.20
Magna cum laude 3.50
Summa cum laude 3.80


Overall GPA (CUNY & non-CUNY) CUNY BA Transcript GPA Honor
3.20 3.90 Cum laude
3.51 3.60 Magna cum laude
3.81 3.91 Summa cum laude
3.19 3.25 none

Dean’s Certificate for Academic Excellence

This award recognizes those graduates who do outstanding academic work while they are enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate (a 3.5 GPA or higher) but who are not eligible for graduation honors.

College Honors

Departmental honors are awarded directly by individual programs at the colleges. Information about departmental honors, college and national honor societies can be obtained at the home college. However, it will not apear on your CUNY Baccalaureate transcript.

Grade Changes

Please be aware that no grade changes will be made after a degree is conferred. It is the responsibility of the student to make the CUNY Baccalaureate Registrar aware of any grade changes prior to graduation.