Cum laude means 'with honor', magna cum laude is 'with high honor', and summa cum laude means 'with the greatest honor'. These designations are granted to every graduate who meets a required grade-point average, so several students in a class, or even an entire class, could graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. The valedictorian is the student with the highest academic rank in the class, so you would expect he would at least be a cum laude graduate. But if you have a class where no one has over a B average, there will still be a valedictorian but he will not be graduated with honors.
In Latin, cum laude means "with honor", and summa cum laude, means "with highest honor"different colleges use different standards to decide these distinctions, but summa cum laude is generally the highest honor followed by magna cum laude (literally "with high honor") and then comes cum laude or with distinction.
The honors are indcated as follows, from lowest to highest.
* cum laude * magna cum laude * summa cum laude (highest honors)
Summa Cum Laude is higher than Magna Cum Laude. However, both are honorable achievments.
Within the United States, summa cum laude is the highest academic honor.
Maxima cum laude (with very great praise), is typically between the summa (with highest praise) and the magna honors. Thus, the maxima cum laude is slightly lower than the summa cum laude.
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3.65-3.79 cum laude
3.80-3.89 magnum cum laude
3.90+ summa cum laude
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Summa cum laude is the highest distinction
The valedictorian gives the valedictory address to the graduates. The valedictory is, basically, the "parting words", "the words of sending-off". Magna cum laude is the attainment of a certain level of academic excellence. The valedictorian may or may not have attained special recoginition for academic excellence.
The correct term is: cum laude, meaning "with distinction"; magna cum laude, meaning "with great distinction"; or summa cum laude, "with highest distinction".
Yes they can be. They are typically ranked as excellent (highest) academically and philosophically.
Typically it is the valedictorian. The designated honors would be that of summa cum laude.
At most colleges and universities, students can graduate with Latin honors. Cum laude, Summa cum laude, and Magna cum laude are the honors distinction.
Summa cum laude is the highest it means "With highest honor"Magna cum laude means "With great Honor"Cum Laude means "With honor"
I graduated from Harvard Summa Cum Laude.
Use lower case and italicize cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum.
3.65-3.79 cum laude 3.80-3.89 magnum cum laude 3.90+ summa cum laude
For most colleges and universities it would be magna cum laude. Summa cum laude typically starts no lower than 3.85.