Degree Honors

HONORS AT GRADUATION

Honors are based upon the Honors Point Average (HPA). The HPA is based only on credits earned within the College, including all repeated and failed courses. 

Students qualifying for honors at the time of the ceremony have the appropriate honors indicated in the program and are presented with an honors sash at the ceremony.

Honors, as defined below, are based upon all completed courses and grades. Final graduation status including the awarding of degrees and honors are determined and certified by the College Registrar as posted to the official academic transcript, four to six weeks after the end of the term. 

Honors are awarded based upon the following criteria:

Associate Degree

Students completing an associate degree may graduate with the designation “With Honors” by completing at least 24 credit hours of coursework at the College and having a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 for IBCJ courses and a minimum honors point average (HPA) of 3.4.

Baccalaureate Degree

Undergraduate students in a baccalaureate degree program may graduate with “Latin Honors” by completing at least 45 credit hours of coursework at the College. They must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 for IBCJ courses and have achieved the requisite honors point average (HPA) requirements. The corresponding honors designation for the baccalaureate degrees are as follows:

  • 3.4 – 3.69  Cum Laude
  • 3.7 – 3.89  Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.9 – 4.00  Summa Cum Laude

Graduate & Doctoral Degrees

Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 are considered for the award of “With Distinction” at graduation. Specific requirements include:

  • Completion of at least 15 credit hours of work at IBCJ for all graduate programs.
  • A minimum honors point average (HPA) of at least 3.8.

Have questions about honors designations?  Contact the Registrar’s Office: info@ibcjonline.org