2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Affairs, cont'd

Graduating with Honors

Graduation with honors will apply to students who earn their first and/or second bachelor’s degree at MSU Billings.  Students who earn a second bachelor’s degree at MSU Billings will have all of the grades earned in their first degree included in the determination of the recognition of academic honors.  In all cases and for all degrees or certificates, transfer credits earned elsewhere to this University must be calculated with the credits earned at MSU Billings in order to qualify for academic honors.

Depending on total academic undergraduate grade point average a student seeking a bachelor’s degree may be granted graduation with the designation of academic honors:  cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.  Again, these designations include all undergraduate academic work accomplished by the student, transfer work as well as academic work done at MSU Billings.

The designation of cum laude signifies a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 for a student’s entire undergraduate academic record.  Magna cum laude signifies a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.99 for a student’s entire academic record.  Summa cum laude signifies a grade point average of 4.00 for a student’s entire academic record.  These designations are awarded to bachelor degree candidates only.

The designation of honors and high honors is awarded to associate degree or certificate recipients.  Honors recognizes students with a total academic grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74; high honors recognizes students with a total academic grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00.  Again, this designation is for associate degree or certificate recipients and based on their total cumulative grade point average which includes transfer work as well as academic work done at MSU Billings.

Lists of students receiving academic honors are provided to academic departments and available in the Office of Admissions and Records by April 1.  Students are urged to check the list, as this is the official list used to designate honors for convocations and for Commencement.

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