Graduating with Honors

The University offers three levels of honors at graduation: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Please note that...

  • Transfer credits and S-U option credits are excluded.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Honors recognition is printed on the university diploma.

To graduate with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, a student must meet the requirements below and be recommended by the College faculty.

The student must have completed at least 45 semester hours of credit in residence at the university. Only the junior-/senior-level GPA exclusive of internship will be considered.


Cum Laude

To graduate cum laude, a student must have earned a 3.40 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior.

Magna or Summa Cum Laude

Students in the College of HHP are eligible for magna cum laude or summa cum laude by earning a 3.70 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior and completing a senior paper or creative work. The student’s supervisory committee makes the recommendation for these distinctions based upon an evaluation of this work.

More information on guidelines to follow when preparing an honors thesis can be found on the UF honors website: http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/etd/honors


APK Departmental Process

Magna Cum Laude — High Honors

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.7 or higher on all courses taken at UF beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits, excluding internship, flexible learning courses, and extension courses and complete an undergraduate thesis.

Summa Cum Laude — Highest Honors

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.7 or higher on all courses taken at UF beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits, excluding internship, flexible learning courses, and extension courses and complete an undergraduate thesis.
  • Once the student has identified an APK faculty willing to work with them on a proposed project and a plan outlined for the project, the faculty mentor must email the APK Academic Advisor (student must be cc’d on the email) declaring intent to proceed with an honors thesis project. See below for deadlines to send declaration of intent email and to submit final honors thesis:

Deadlines for Spring Graduation:
Declaration of intent — March 15 of prior year
Submission of honors thesis — 5:00 p.m. on last day of classes in semester of graduation

Deadlines for Summer or Fall Graduation:
Declaration of intent — October 15 of prior year
Submission of honors thesis — 5:00 p.m. on last day of classes in semester of graduation

(Example: A student anticipating a Spring 2019 graduation would need to have their faculty mentor email a declaration of intent on behalf of the student no later than March 15, 2018. Final project would be due at 5:00 p.m. on the last day of classes in Spring 2019.)

  • See the APK Honors Guidelines for more information on the expectations and requirements for completing an undergraduate thesis.

HEB Departmental Process

Students intending to pursue “High” honors (Magna Cum Laude) must...

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.7 or higher (excluding the internship)
  • Choose two faculty members from the Department of Health Education and Behavior to serve on your honors committee.  (One acts as a chair and one acts as the secondary reviewer.)
  • Meet with the chair of your honors committee the semester PRIOR to your internship semester to discuss academic portfolio ideas and how to get started
  • Complete the Honors Application Form
  • Complete the Academic Portfolio (review Honors Guidelines)

Students intending to pursue “Highest” honors (Summa Cum Laude) must...

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.70 or higher (excluding the internship)
  • Choose two faculty members from the Department of Health Education and Behavior to serve on your honors committee.  (One acts as a chair and one acts as the secondary reviewer.)
  • Meet with the chair of your honors committee the semester PRIOR to your internship semester to discuss thesis ideas and how to get started
  • Complete the Honors Application Form
  • Complete the Senior Thesis (review Honors Guidelines)

TRSM Departmental Process

Magna Cum Laude — High Honors

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.7 or higher on all courses taken at UF beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits, excluding internship and complete an undergraduate thesis/project.

Summa Cum Laude — Highest Honors

  • Earn an upper division GPA of 3.7 or higher on all courses taken at UF beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits, excluding internship and complete an undergraduate thesis/project.
  • Once the student has identified a TRSM faculty willing to work with them on a proposed project and a plan outlined for the project, the student must email the TRSM Academic Advisor (faculty member must be cc’d on the email) declaring intent to proceed with an honors thesis/project. See below for deadlines to send declaration of intent email and to submit final honors thesis/project.

Deadlines for Spring Graduation:
Declaration of intent — January 20th of the spring term you will be graduating
Submission of honors thesis/project — 5:00 p.m. on last day of classes in semester of graduation

Deadlines for Summer Graduation:
Declaration of intent — May 20th of the summer term you will be graduating
Submission of honors thesis — 5:00 p.m. on July 25th

Deadlines for Fall Graduation:
Declaration of intent — September 15th  of the fall term you will be graduating
Submission of honors thesis — 5:00 p.m. on last day of classes in semester of graduation

For more information, please schedule a meeting with a TRSM Academic Advisor.