Degrees with Distinction

High achieving students are recognized through the posting of academic distinction to transcript and diploma, and through the wearing of an academic honor cords as part of their graduation regalia. Grade-point averages are computed on the basis of all work attempted at OSU. Graduates who have completed at least 90 credits at OSU or 60 upper-division credits at OSU, and who have an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, are awarded an OSU degree with distinction as follows:

Academic Distinction
OSU GPA Range
Graduation Honor Cord Color

Cum Laude

3.50–3.69

Orange

Magna Cum Laude

3.70–3.84

Gold

Summa Cum Laude

3.85–4.00

White

  • Candidates who have completed their degree in prior terms are eligible to wear Honor cords based on their completed OSU GPA and credits.
  • For candidates pending Spring term graduation, eligibility to wear Honor cords is based on the OSU institutional GPA and credit hours completed through Winter term.
  • Candidates for Summer and Fall term graduation are not eligible to wear Honor cords at the commencement ceremony.

When Spring term ends and final grades are posted, the Honors distinction will be evaluated and posted to eligible transcripts. If necessary, your diploma will be reprinted to reflect the Honors distinction. Honor cords may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.