Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate Students

Latin Honors graduates receiving undergraduate degrees are acknowledged at commencement both by gold-colored honor stoles worn with the graduation gowns and by public announcement as they cross the stage.
 

Unless otherwise specified below, designation as an honors graduate requires that the degree candidate have completed at least 60 credit hours at Texas A&M University, and that they have at least a 3.50 GPA. The specific honors levels are as follows:

3.50 - 3.69 GPA = Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.89 GPA = Magna Cum Laude
3.90 - 4.00 GPA = Summa Cum Laude

Stoles for honor graduates will be distributed during line-up before graduation. These stoles may be kept by the graduate after the ceremony.
These honors designations do not require participation in any honors courses. Students who have taken honors courses may also qualify for university-level designations. Students may contact LAUNCH at (979) 845-1957 or by email to honors@tamu.edu for details about these additional designations.
Grade point averages used to determine Latin honors designations are calculated during the final degree audit the day before the ceremonies and include hours and final grades in courses taken during the graduation semester. Latin honors designations will not be changed after the final graduation clearance deadline.
TAMU Student Rules specify certain credits that are excluded from the calculation.  Additional information can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.
 

Graduate and Professional Students

  • Graduate Students:
    • Graduate students (who have different GPA requirements for graduation) do not receive honors designations.
  • First-Professional Students
    • Students who complete their entire course of study at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine are eligible for academic honors. In the College of Medicine, students must obtain a grade point average of 3.50 or greater to graduate with honors.
    • In the College of Dentistry, only those students in the top 1st to 4th positions in the class are eligible for academic honors.
    • In the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, students are eligible for Latin Honors as follows: Summa Cum Laude (4.0-3.90), Magna Cum Laude (3.89-3.75), and Cum Laude (3.74-3.50).
    • A student who graduates in the top 2% of the graduating class of the School of Law is designated as graduating Summa Cum Laude; a student who is not in the top 2% but graduates in the top 5% of the graduating class of the School of Law is designated as graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a student who is not in the top 5% but graduates in the top 10% of the graduating class of the School of Law is designated as graduating Cum Laude.
    • A first-professional student in the College of Veterinary Medicine may qualify to graduate Summa Cum Laude by holding a final grade point average of 3.90 or above, Magna Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.70 through 3.899 and Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.50 through 3.699.