Graduating with Honor*


Honors graduates are distinguished among their fellow peers during commencement. The University of Saint Mary recognizes the following academic honor achievements.

Degree with Distinction
USM graduates with at least 45 credit hours earned at the University of Saint Mary are eligible for earning a degree with distinction. These graduates demonstrate superior scholarship with outstanding cumulative grade point averages: cum laude (3.50); magna cum laude (3.70); and summa cum laude (3.90). Graduates earning a second USM degree may qualify, under unique requirements.

Honors within Major
Graduates must complete two honors-in-course or honors-in-field projects, maintain a cumulative 3.50 GPA in major courses, and earn recommendation from departmental faculty.

All-University Honors
3.70 GPA is required overall, participation in departmental honors and Honors Seminar, and recommendation by the Honors Council for all-University Honors.

Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society
Recognized by local chapter of DES as outstanding in scholarship, leadership and service, graduates are nominated for DES with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, and class rank within the top 20 percent of the class.

Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society
Graduates are recognized by faculty as outstanding in scholarship, leadership, and service. Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher required, and no more than 10 percent of senior class can be selected.

*Note: Only undergraduates are eligible to graduate with honors.