Graduation with Honors

Graduation with Honors

Baccalaureate students qualify for three levels of Latin Honors:

  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction), awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude (with great distinction), awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.75
  • Cum Laude (with distinction), awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.5

This distinction will be noted on the student’s transcript.

To be eligible for graduation with honors, you must complete at least 56 credits at the College. If you entered with an associate degree, you qualify for these honors with a minimum of 52 credits earned. All courses and grades earned at John Jay, including failing grades, enter into the computation.

The eligibility of students who transfer into John Jay from other college(s) for such important academic recognition as Latin Honors (summa, magna, cum laude); valedictorian and salutatorian status; and other graduation awards shall include their cumulative GPA at their previous college(s), which shall be averaged in with the grades they have earned at John Jay.