Graduation distinctions are determined on the basis of the student’s Loyola cumulative grade point average.
- Cumulative average of 3.500 - 3.699, cum laude
- Cumulative average of 3.700 - 3.899, magna cum laude
- Cumulative average of 3.900 - 4.000, summa cum laude.
Graduation distinctions for transfer students who complete 60 or more Loyola quality hours will be based solely on the Loyola cumulative grade point average.
Graduation distinctions for transfer students who complete fewer than 60 Loyola cumulative quality hours will be based on two factors:
- the Loyola cumulative grade point average, provided it is a 3.5 or better, and
- the combined grade point average of coursework taken at Loyola and transfer institution(s)
If the lower of the two averages is 3.5, the distinction will be cum laude; if the lower is 3.7, the distinction will be magna cum laude; if the lower is 3.9, the distinction will be summa cum laude.
On completion of all course requirements and certification for graduation by the student’s dean, the official distinction will be inscribed on the diploma and listed on the transcript. Distinctions noted in the commencement ceremony program are based on the previous term’s cumulative grades and, therefore, may not be the same as the official distinction.
Graduate students are not eligible for graduation distinctions.