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Last Revision: January 30, 2024

Latin Honor Designation

It is the standard practice across universities to only award Latin Honor designations to bachelor degrees. American Public University and American Military University started awarding Latin Honors during the August 15, 2012 conferral. The university has changed the way we award these designations over the years; the current standards, effective January 4, 2018, are outlined as follows: 

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9000
  • Magna Cum Laude:  3.7000
  • Cum Laude:  3.5000

Latin Honor Definitions:

  • Summa Cum Laude: “With Highest Honor”
  • Magna Cum Laude: “With Great Honor”
  • Cum Laude: “With Honor”

Latin Honors are posted on official Transcripts and will be displayed on your diploma.

Questions regarding your GPA calculation or other honors factors may be directed to [email protected].