Academic Honors

Dean's List

About one month after the end of each fall and spring semester, the college announces the names of students who are recorded on the Dean's List.  Announcements are sent to student hometown newspapers.

The academic deans also mail each student a Dean's List certificate, sent to the student's home address.  These certificates are mailed approximately two months after the semester ends.   In addition, the Dean's List notation appears on the student's official university transcript, for each semester that Dean's List is accomplished.

The Dean's List includes all undergraduate students with a course load of at least 12 credit hours who have earned a quality point average of 3.30 or higher for that semester. (Courses with P [Pass] or S [Satisfactory] grades are not included in the 12 Hours.) Students are not eligible if there are any incomplete grades (I or X) for that semester.

Honors at Commencement

Latin honors are conferred only with Bachelor's degrees, not Master's degrees.

Latin honors are based on Quality Point Averages from a possible 4.00 QPA:

  • Summa Cum Laude = 3.70 or higher
  • Magna Cum Laude = 3.50 to 3.69
  • Cum Laude = 3.30 to 3.49

Gold honors cords are worn at Commencement by undergraduates who have achieved 3.30 grade point average or higher, and are based on the grade point average as of the most recent semester completed.

Honors on Diploma

Latin honors printed on diplomas are based on the entire academic record of the student. Only those credits earned at the College at Fredonia will be computed in the final average.

Students may graduate with honors only when they have completed at least 45 hours of graded work at SUNY Fredonia. Graded work includes all courses which carry quality points.  Graded work DOES NOT include courses which are graded "satisfactory/unsatisfactory" or "pass/fail."


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