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Graduating with Honors

University Honors

To be considered for University Honors for graduation, an undergraduate student must have completed a minimum of 45 units of work at California State University, San Bernardino in courses for which letter grades (A, B, C and D) were received. University Honors for commencement are based on the student's units and grade point average through the end of the semester prior to commencement.

  • Summa Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.9 or above and a grade point average of 3.9 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear gold and maroon cords.
  • Magna Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.75 or above and a grade point average of 3.75 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear a gold cord.
  • Cum Laude: an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or above and a grade point average of 3.5 or above in all work attempted at this university. These students are entitled to wear a maroon cord.

Undergraduate candidates receiving University Honors for degrees are listed in the Commencement Program. Honors are based on the students units and grade point average through the end of the semester prior to commencement.

Honor Cord: Undergraduate students who have earned University Honors are eligible to wear an honor cord as a special mark of the distinction achieved. Qualified undergraduate students will be sent an e-mail. You must present your letter at the Coyote Bookstore in order to purchase your honor cord. Graduate students do not wear honor cords.

Departmental Honors

Individual departments may award departmental honors at graduation, recognizing distinguished students majoring in that field. The requirements to be met to earn honors are specified by the respective departments.  For more information please contact your respective academic college department.