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Graduation Honors & Cords

Undergraduate Students

Graduation HonorsAssociate degree and diploma students who have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average will receive Honors at Commencement. Honors for graduation will be determined by the cumulative grade point average earned at Liberty University. Bachelor degree students who have earned 60 or more hours at Liberty University must meet the following GPA standards to earn the corresponding academic distinction:

3.50 - 3.66
3.67 - 3.84
3.85 and above
Cum Laude (Red Cords)
Magna Cum Laude (Blue Cords)
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Cords)

Students who have earned fewer than 60 hours at Liberty must meet the following GPA standards:

3.60 - 3.76
3.77 - 3.94
3.95 and above
Cum Laude (Red Cords)
Magna Cum Laude (Blue Cords)
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Cords)


Graduate Students

Honors for graduation will be determined by the cumulative grade point average earned at Liberty University. Master degree students must meet the following GPA standards to earn the corresponding academic distinction:

3.90 - 3.94
3.95 - 4.00
Graduate with distinction (Silver Medallion)
Graduate with high distinction (Gold Medallion)

Please note: The specific honor calculated on April 1 of the student’s graduation year will be printed in the commencement program and the student will wear that particular honor regalia; however, the final cumulative grade point average will be recorded and that final cumulative GPA will determine the specific honor that will be printed on the diploma and transcript.