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Honors & Awards

Undergraduate students graduating from Mississippi College with honors wear stoles indicating their special academic accomplishment.

Undergraduate Honors

Baccalaureate degrees at Mississippi College may carry two types of academic honors: graduation with Latin honors and graduation in the Honors Program. These honors are recognized in the commencement exercise and on the academic transcript.

Graduation with Latin honors

Undergraduate students, including transfer students, who have completed at least half of their work at Mississippi College (a minimum of 65 semester hours at MC, excluding AP, IB, CLEP, or credit by correspondence) will receive their degrees with special recognition and wear stoles indicating their special academic accomplishment in accordance with the following grade averages:

GPA Designation Stole Color
3.500-3.699 Graduation Cum Laude White
3.700-3.899 Graduation Magna Cum Laude Gold
3.900-4.000 Graduation Summa Cum Laude Blue

Graduate students are not eligible for Latin honors.

Graduation in the Honors Program

In the Honors Program, juniors and seniors with high academic averages may complete a program of independent research leading to an honors thesis or project.  Graduation with Honors requires a satisfactory paper (or project), a cumulative average of 3.25, and an average of 3.5 in the major field; Graduation with High Honors requires a superior paper (or project), a cumulative average of 3.5, and an average of 3.75 in the major field.

Jurisprudence Honors at Mississippi College 

Transfer students must earn 60 credit hours at Mississippi College School of Law to qualify for these designations.

  • 3.250 - 3.499: Graduation cum laude
  • 3.500 - 3.749: Graduation magna cum laude
  • 3.750 - 4.000: Graduation summa cum laude