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To qualify for graduation honor recognition at the commencement ceremony, a student must have the specified GPA and must have completed a minimum of 50 semester hours of academic credit at MSU Denver by the end of the term of graduation. UCD Pooled classes and other transfer credits are not considered when determining honors. Recognition at the commencement ceremony does not guarantee final honors designation on the official record. Honors announced at the commencement ceremony will be based upon a preliminary calculation not including grades from the term of graduation.

Students who qualify for recognition at the ceremony will be sent a letter from the dean’s office of the School in which their major is located. This letter authorizes students to receive honor cords at the time they rent their caps and gowns. The academic honors cords are free of charge.

Graduates with an Individualized Degree Program major will be identified for honors purposes within the School most prominent in their major.

Official Designation

Grades earned for the graduating term will affect honors. GPAs are not rounded up (for example: a GPA of 3.149 is not rounded to 3.15). The Official Honors designation will be calculated following the processing of final grades. This recalculation will take into consideration any grade changes submitted to the Registrar’s Office during your graduating term. Only the official honors designation is added to the final transcript and diploma.  A student must maintain the specified GPA and must complete a minimum of 50 semester hours of academic credit at MSU Denver by the term of graduation. UCD Pooled classes and other transfer credits are not considered when determining honors.

Honors designations are added to the student’s official academic record; no other notification will be sent. For additional information regarding graduation honors, contact the Registrar’s Office at 303-556-3991.

Honors Policy

Graduation honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated superior academic ability in their baccalaureate degree while attending MSU Denver. To determine each honors category, GPAs from the previous spring semester graduates are arrayed in rank order. This rank ordering is then used to determine the honors category thresholds for the following fall, spring and summer graduates.

Master’s students are not awarded Academic Honors due to the high GPA threshold or high academic standard a graduate student must meet to be accepted and the high standard the student must maintain. 

GPA Requirements

Fall 2021 – Summer 2022 Academic Year

College/School Summa Cum
Magna Cum
Cum Laude
College of Business 3.89 3.75 3.65
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences 3.93 3.87 3.81
College of Health and Applied Sciences – (Includes School of Hospitality) 3.97 3.89 3.82
School of Education 3.93 3.83 3.79

*IDP Majors are identified with a College determined by the program content.