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Graduating with Honors
To be eligible for graduation with honors a student must have earned both cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages of 3.50 or higher.
Those with a cumulative and Central Missouri grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 graduate Cum Laude; 3.75 to 3.84, Magna Cum Laude; and 3.85 and above, Summa Cum Laude. Both the cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages must fall into the same grade category to qualify for that honors designation. Should the Central Missouri and cumulative GPAs be in different grade categories, the lower designation of honors will be recognized.
Designation of graduation with final honors is noted on the diploma and official transcript once semester grades are finalized.
At the commencement ceremony, students who qualify for graduation with honors* will be noted in the commencement program and will be recognized as they cross the stage. Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store.
Summa Cum Laude: gold ribbons
Magna Cum Laude: red ribbons
Cum Laude: white ribbons
*Qualification for graduation with honors at the time of the ceremony is based on available grades up to that date and does not include final semester grades. Actual graduation with honors will not be determined until the final semester grades are calculated. If a student's honors classification changes after final grades are calculated, the student may exchange (or pick up) their honors ribbon in the bookstore.