Students may achieve three types of academic honors at Catawba.
1. Seniors who meet the requirements of the faculty in quality of work will be graduated:
Cum Laude: 3.5 - 3.69 GPA
Magna Cum Laude: 3.70 - 3.89 GPA
Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 - 4.00 GPA
2. Any student who, under the direction of the appropriate department, prepares a thesis of superior quality in his/her field of specialization can be graduated with departmental honors upon the recommendation of said department.
3. College Honors can be attained by participation in the College Honors Program (See under “Other Academic Units”).
GPA Honors for commencement ceremony purposes are based on the student's current GPA when they are cleared for participating in commencement exercises. All students who apply and are enrolled in all required courses to complete degree requirements in Spring or Summer are eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Final grades will not be recorded and finalized prior to commencement. After degree clearance, honors, if applicable, are posted on the transcript and the diploma.