To be considered for honors at graduation, a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least thirty (30) credits of graded upper-level work within the USF System Institutions.  In addition, a student must have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all graded coursework attempted within the USF System institutions.

Criteria for Honors at Graduation:

  • Cum Laude (with honor): candidates with at least a 3.50 but below a 3.70 USF System GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor): candidates with at least a 3.70 but below a 3.90 USF System GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor): candidates with a 3.90 or above USF System GPA

For purposes of honors recognition at the commencement ceremony, students must have a 3.50 GPA before the term in which they plan to graduate to have honors recognized publicly at the commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate candidates with a USF System GPA of 4.00 are recognized at the commencement ceremony as King O’Neal Scholars.  They will be recognized during the ceremony and presented with a certificate and medallion from the Alumni Association.

In addition, each college dean has the option to select on the basis of exceptional achievement 1% of the college’s graduates or 1 student per semester for graduating with distinction.


  • The USF System GPA is not rounded up when determining honors at graduation (e.g., 3.69 is not the same as 3.70).
  • USF’s forgiveness policy will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors.
  • For those students who return to USF on Academic Renewal all USF coursework is counted toward the GPA calculation.
  • A student with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcripts may graduate from a degree program after meeting all degree requirements, but will not be eligible for honors at graduation, including the honor of graduating from the Honors College or a college honors program.
  • S/U option credits are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Honors recognition is printed on the university diploma.