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Graduation Honor Cords for the May Commencement Ceremony

The Latin honors listed within the commencement program and honor cord distribution are based on cumulative GPA calculated and IC credits earned as of February 1, 2021. 

This calculation and deadline is for the purposes of the ceremony only and does not affect the final awarded degree or transcript. 

Changes will not be made to ceremony honors status or distribution of honor cords after February 1, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact registrar@ithaca.edu.

Honor Cord Distribution

For students attending commencement in person with any degree conferral date you will receive earned honor cords based on February 1, 2021 GPA, diploma cover, and medallion at commencement check-in.

For students attending virtually with a conferral date AFTER December 2020, you will receive earned honor cords based on your February 1, 2021 GPA, diploma cover, and medallion in the mail to the address provided in Marching Order.

For students attending virtually with a conferral date BEFORE December 2020, you will receive earned honor cords, diploma cover, and medallion in the mail to the address provided in Marching Order.

If you are not attending commencement with a degree conferral date AFTER December 2020 you will receive earned honor cords, diploma cover with your diploma, and medallion to the address provided on your Application for Degree six to eight weeks after your degree conferral date.

If you are not attending commencement with a degree conferral date BEFORE December 2020 you will receive earned honor cords, and medallion to the address provided in Marching Order in the coming weeks.

Graduation Honors for Awarded Degree and Final Transcripts

Seniors whose FINAL cumulative GPA reflects excellent scholarship are awarded their degree with the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. The cumulative GPA ranges for the three honors designations are listed below. A minimum of 60 credits must be earned at Ithaca College to qualify for this recognition.

HONOR GPA
Summa cum Laude 3.900 and above
Magna cum Laude 3.700-3.899
Cum Laude 3.500-3.699