To earn a degree with distinction, a student must have at least 90 credits or 60 upper division credits at OSU, with a 3.5 or better GPA. If you meet these qualifications, you will graduate with academic distinction and are entitled to wear an honor cord over your gown. GPAs of 3.50 to 3.69 are Cum Laude and wear orange cords. GPAs of 3.70 to 3.84 are Magna Cum Laude and wear gold cords. GPAs of 3.85 and above are Summa Cum Laude and wear white cords. You can buy your honor cord at the OSU Bookstore.
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 Spring term graduation, eligibility to wear cords is based on the OSU institutional GPA and credit hours completed through Winter term. Candidates for Summer and Fall term graduation are not eligible to wear Honor cords at the Commencement Ceremony. When Spring term ends and 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.
Additional information can be found on the Registrar's Office website under Degrees with Distinction
Summer 2016 & Fall 2016 prospective graduates do not qualify for honors for this year’s Commencement Ceremony.