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Commencement
Honors Program

Graduating with Honors

Butler University awards three levels of general university honors and three levels of departmental honors.

To be eligible for any kind of graduation honors, University or Departmental, a student must have completed at least 60 hours of credit for grade at Butler University. Transfer students who will graduate with less than 60 hours at Butler are not eligible for honors.

University Honors

University Honors, also known as Latin Honors, are awarded as follows:

  • Cum Laude—A Butler cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or both an average of 3.50 and satisfactory completion of the University Honors Program, including a thesis
  • Magna Cum Laude—A Butler cumulative grade point average of 3.70 and satisfactory completion of the University Honors Program, including a thesis
  • Summa Cum Laude—A Butler cumulative grade point average of 3.90 and satisfactory completion of the University Honors Program, including a thesis

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors is to reward students for exceptional achievement within their major. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation. A student need not complete the Honors Program in order to be awarded honors in his or her major. Students are nominated for departmental honors by the head of the department of their academic major or, in some cases, by the dean of their college. The criteria for departmental honors are determined by each department individually.  However, the general framework is as follows:

  • "in (major) with honors" is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.6 in the academic major.
  • "in (major) with high honors" is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.7 in the academic major and who either presents an honors thesis approved by the department and the University Honors Program Committee or passes a comprehensive examination in the major subject.
  • "in (major) with highest honors" is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.8 in the academic major and who presents an honors thesis approved by the department and the University Honors Program Committee and passes a comprehensive examination in the major subject.

 

Students should contact their advisor for the criteria for their department’s Honors criteria.