Graduation Honors

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.85
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.65
  • Cum Laude: 3.45

Students who are receiving a bachelor's degree with these honors may wear a gold tassel on their cap at the Commencement exercises. In order to be eligible, you must have completed a minimum of 51 undergraduate credits at Montclair State. Grades of "A" through "D-" must be received for a minimum of 48 of these 51 credits.

For recognition of May candidates at the Commencement exercises, the honors designation will be based upon the student's cumulative grade point average as of the previous January. The in-progress Montclair State University credits that will be earned by the end of the spring semester will be counted toward the minimum number of credits required. Note that this calculation is for Commencement program recognition only, and will not determine official honors. The actual awarding of honors will be based on academic statistics earned at the conclusion of the spring semester, when the degree is conferred.

Gold tassels may be picked up when you purchase your cap and gown. University Bookstore employees will have a list of all eligible honors graduates, and students will be required to present a valid student I.D. or driver's license to receive their gold tassel.

The honors designation will appear in the Commencement program. For May candidates who earn honors once the degree is conferred, the designation will appear on the official transcript and it will be indicated on the diploma, which will be mailed approximately two weeks after the conferment date. There are no honors designations for graduate students.