Graduating with Honors

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 Honors and Undergraduate Research at 845-1957 or by email to 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.

These designations only apply to undergraduate students. Graduate students (who have different GPA requirements for graduation) do not receive honors designations. First-Professional students (including Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, etc.) should visit for more information.