Degrees with Distinction

High achieving undergraduate 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
Graduation Honor Cord Color

Cum Laude



Magna Cum Laude



Summa Cum Laude



Honors cords:

  • Undergraduate 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 a current term graduation, eligibility to wear Honor cords is based on the OSU institutional GPA and credit hours completed through the prior term.

At the end of each term, after 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.