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Wayne State University Statutes

2.43.61 Graduation with Distinction
   
2.43.61.010 Effective Fall Term 1986, Wayne State University will bestow upon students completing the baccalaureate degree three separate designations for scholastic excellence reflected in the cumulative honor point average: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. Graduation with Distinction will be indicated on the student's diploma and on the transcript.
   
2.43.61.020 Graduation with Distinction will recognize at each graduation the top 20 percent of students in each college who have earned the highest honor point average in their colleges with the following approximate distribution:

Top 5%                    Next 5%                     Next 10%

Summa Cum         Laude Magna            Cum Laude Cum Laude
   
2.43.61.030 The specific minimum honor point average will be determined each year in the following manner, except that it shall not be less than 3.0:
   
2.43.61.040 Based on the honor point average distributions of the previous year's senior class, the honor point average cut-offs for each college will be established to provide for recognition of the top 18% to 20% of the graduating students.
   
2.43.61.050

The criteria for Graduation with Distinction include:

(a) A minimum of 56 credits in residence at Wayne State University. Under exceptional circumstances, the President or his/her designee may grant an exception to the residency provision.

(b) Minimum honor point average (as established above) on all work at Wayne State University completed by the end of the term of graduation. (For notation in the Commencement Program, the honor point average on all work completed prior to the term of graduation will be used.)

   

Legislative History
Adopted(1) 6-0; Official Proceedings 30:4130 (13 June 1986) Amended(2) 7-0; Official Proceedings 36:4789 (1 May 1992)

Compiler Notes
(1) The purpose of the statute is to recognize the top 20% of students in each school and college who have earned the highest honor point average. The designations to be used are Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. The specific minimum honor point average will be determined each year as outlined in the statute, but cannot be less than 3.0. (Official Proceedings 30:4130, 13 June 1986)

(2) The amendment to 2.43.61.050 provides for waivers, under exceptional circumstances, of the residency provision.

(3) Section 2.43.61.050 was amended to reflect the change in the number of credits from 60 to 56 needed for graduation with distinction.

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