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Graduating with Honors

Commencement Honors

  • Commencement honors are determined by using the institutional GPA at the end of the semester immediately preceding the semester in which the student is a candidate.

  • Honors eligibility for cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are used as indicated in the section below titled “University Honors”.

  • The student must have a minimum of 45 UTSA semester credit hours, including those currently in progress.

  • Prior to the May and December Commencement ceremonies students will be notified if they are eligible to participate with honors at the commencement ceremonies.

  • Participation with honors at commencement does not infer or imply that the student will be awarded University Honors. Students must achieve an honors eligible GPA once final grades are posted for the semester in which the student is a candidate.

  • Honor cords can be picked up at the Graduation Coordination table at GradFest (Main Campus and Downtown).

University Honors

Undergraduate students with an overall GPA in all semester credit hours attempted at UTSA:

GPA of 3.5

Cum Laude

GPA of 3.75

Magna Cum Laude

GPA of 3.9

Summa Cum Laude

  • Candidates may graduate with honors when they meet the GPA requirements listed above, in addition to completing a minimum of 45 semester credit hours at UTSA by the time of graduation (excluding courses challenged by examination or taken on a credit/no-credit basis in which only the symbol "CR" is recorded).

  • Master's and Doctoral degree candidates are not eligible for University Honors.

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