Students who are completing their initial baccalaureate degree and have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours from BVU will be eligible to graduate with Latin honors; Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude. The minimum cumulative grade point averages for these honors are 3.5, 3.7, and 3.9 respectively.

Students who are completing a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree and have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours from BVU in that program will be eligible for the honors Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction. The minimum cumulative grade point averages for these honors are 3.75, 3.85, and 4.0 respectively. By policy, BVU will only award one baccalaureate degree to any individual; however, students who have undertaken coursework at BVU prior to matriculating in the second degree program may not count that coursework towards the 45-hour requirement or the grade point average requirement for such honor, nor shall coursework completed at any other institution count toward either requirement.  

Honors recognized at commencement ceremonies including honor cords and announced honors will be based on the cumulative grade point average from the previous grading period (specific calendar date to be determined by the Registrar’s Office). Honor cords will be the same for parallel levels of each category of graduation honors. Actual honors awarded will be listed on the official transcript and are based on cumulative grade point average at the end of the degree program.

Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 3.699

Magna Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of 3.70 to 3.899

Summa Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or above

Distinction: cumulative grade point average of 3.75-3.849

High Distinction: cumulative grade point average of 3.85 to 3.999

Highest Distinction: cumulative grade point average of 4.0 only