To be considered for honors at graduation, a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least forty (40) credits of graded upper-level work within the USF system institutions.  In addition, a student must have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all graded coursework attempted within the USF System Institutions, and 3.50 GPA in all post-secondary coursework.

For those students in programs requiring multiple clinical experiences (such as Education), a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least thirty (30) hours of graded upper level coursework and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all graded coursework attempted within the USF System Institution. In addition, to be eligible for honors, all students who have post-secondary work elsewhere must have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher counting all courses within the USF System institution as well as all transferable work attempted at other institutions.

The grade forgiveness policy within the USF System or other institutions and plus/minus grades awarded at other institutions will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors. In addition, students with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcripts may graduate from a degree program after meeting all degree requirements, but will not be eligible for honors at graduation, including the honor of graduating from the Honors College or a college honors program.Criteria for Honors at Graduation:

  • Cum Laude (with honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.50 – 3.69 overall GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.70-3.89 overall GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.90 overall GPA or higher

In addition, each college dean has the option to select on the basis of exceptional achievement 1% of the college’s graduates or 1 student per semester for graduating with distinction.

For purposes of honors recognition at the commencement ceremony, students must have a 3.50 GPA before the term in which they plan to graduate to have honors recognized publicly at the commencement ceremony.

NOTE:  The GPA is not rounded up when determining honors at graduation (e.g., 3.69 is not the same as 3.70).  The forgiveness policy at USF and other institutions and plus/minus grades awarded at other institutions will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors.  In addition, students with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcript(s) will not be eligible for honors at graduation.