Q. Does the GPA of a student's last semester count toward graduation honors?

If I'm planning on graduating in December 2015, does my Fall 2015 GPA count towards the honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Suma Cum Laude) awarded at graduation?


Hi Michael,

Yes, your last semester grades are factored in when determining Latin Honors.  It is possible that the commencement ceremony occurs before your last semester of grades are posted and your GPA calculated.  If this occurs, it's possible that you may not be able to be recognized for honors during the commencement ceremony, however, you could receive an academic medallion after your GPA is calculated.  Additionally, honors appear on your transcript and diploma.

Here is additional information from Northeastern's Academic Catalog:

Baccalaureate degree students who graduate with at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be awarded Honors recognition.  All students, including those in the non-traditional degree programs, must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Northeastern Illinois University to be eligible for Honors recognition.

Cum Laude (with distinction) 3.5-3.74 GPA

Magna Cum Laude (with great distinction) 3.75-3.89 GPA

Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction) 3.9-4.0 GPA

  • Last Updated Dec 04, 2018
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  1. If I have a 3.46 GPA after my last quarter is it possible for them to round up and give me a 3.5 at graduation?
    by Mmb on May 19, 2020.