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Latin Honors

Latin Honors

Undergraduate students may earn Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude Latin Honors.

Requirements for graduation with Latin Honors are as follows:

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 Honors Benchmarks Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude
The School of Arts and Humanities 3.954 3.845 3.645
The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication 3.895 3.762 3.597
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3.951 3.815 3.597
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science 3.951 3.807 3.619
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences 3.959 3.830 3.613
School of Interdisciplinary Studies 3.877 3.724 3.555
Naveen Jindal School of Management 3.926 3.744 3.544
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 3.960 3.874 3.711

Latin Honors requirements are updated at the conclusion of the summer semester.

A minimum of 45 UT Dallas graded credit hours are required. Each Latin Honors level requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) to be attained over all course work taken at the University of Texas at Dallas (excluding graduate level coursework that is excluded from the undergraduate career). In the case of a student with a double major who wishes to graduate with honors, a single honors designation will be awarded based on the primary major. Students graduating with double degrees who wish to receive honors for both degrees must complete separate honors requirements for each degree.

The grade point requirement for Latin Honors are issued by UT Dallas in the summer of each academic year and apply to graduates in the following academic year. The thresholds for each level of Latin Honors are determined by a rolling average of the grades of all graduates for the previous six long semesters. Averages are computed separately for each school within UT Dallas. The GPA that represents the top five percent of all graduates in a particular school will be considered the threshold for awarding Summa Cum Laude honors. The GPA that represents the next 10 percent in each school will be the lower limit for Magna Cum Laude. The GPA that represents the next 15 percent in each school will be considered the benchmark for awarding Cum Laude honors. A minimum GPA of 3.40 is required for any Latin Honors.

Participating at Commencement with Latin Honors:

A student with less than 45 UT Dallas graded credit hours in the semester prior to graduation may receive their medallion prior to commencement if and only if they meet the following conditions:

1. Must be enrolled in enough hours to meet the 45 hours requirement in the semester they are choosing to walk at commencement.

2. Not have initiated any drop/withdrawal procedures that would drop them below the 45 hour requirement.

3. Must have been passing all courses at the time of midterm grades.

Undergraduate Honors Convocation:

Honors Convocation is an annual celebration at UT Dallas where undergraduate students are recognized for their distinguished academic achievements. Students earning Latin Honors and Major Honors are invited to attend. The tradition of Honors Convocation dedicates time prior to commencement for the academic community to gather and recognize the very best of the University’s undergraduates who are prepared to make significant contributions to their professional field or graduate programs. For more information please visit the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Important Deadlines

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Graduation Application Deadline

Monday, September 25, 2017
Deadline to Update Primary Name
which will be printed on your diploma

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Commencement RSVP Update Deadline

Monday, November 13 2017
Commencement Guest Tickets Available Online

Important Deadlines

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Graduation Application Deadline

Monday, September 25, 2017
Deadline to Update Primary Name
which will be printed on your diploma

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Commencement RSVP Update Deadline

Monday, November 13, 2017
Commencement Guest Tickets Available Online