Latin Honors and Regalia

Cumulative GPA Requirements for Latin Honors

  • 3.900 to 4.000 Summa cum laude
  • 3.750 to 3.899 Magna cum laude
  • 3.500 to 3.749 Cum laude

To be eligible for graduation with honors, at least 62 quality* hours (QHRS) of the coursework to be applied to the degree must have been completed at the College of Charleston. All coursework taken at the College of Charleston will be included in the calculation of the GPA for graduation with honors.

*Note that a course graded with a "P" carries no quality hours.

Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement

Latin Honors recognized at Commencement are presumptive and are based on the cumulative GPA that the student has earned in the term prior to the graduation term (i.e., before graduation term grades are posted). Cumulative quality hours + enrolled hours must equal 62 or higher to qualify - courses graded with a "P" do not carry quality hours and are not included

  • Students who graduated in Fall 2021.
  • Students who have applied to graduate in Spring 2022 and are preliminarily clearing (on track to meet all graduation requirements) for graduation will be recognized for Latin Honors in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Students who have applied to graduate in Summer 2022 may participate in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremonies, but will NOT be recognized for Latin Honors. However, if requirements are met upon actual graduation, Latin Honors will be denoted on the diploma and official transcript.

Honors Medallions

Students who are recognized for Latin honors at commencement will receive an honors medallion on a maroon ribbon to wear at the ceremony. Latin honors medallions will be distributed at the commencement ceremony.  

For more information on Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement, visit the Graduation with Honors website.

Other Regalia

The commencement ceremony celebrates the successful completion of an academic degree. To this end, all regalia (e.g., cords, medals, medallions, sashes, stoles, ribbons, pins, collars or other appropriate graduation paraphernalia) worn during the ceremony should represent notable achievements and/or experiences of a student’s academic life at the College of Charleston. The Office of the Provost retains the official list of all sanctioned regalia.  To request wearing regalia not on this list, please contact the Office of the Provost at least 30 days prior to the ceremony.