Undergraduate Latin Honors Policy

Latin Honors recognizes the achievement of the overall academic record of outstanding students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree. They will be awarded to graduating seniors based on the following criteria:

A. Compliance with the College’s academic integrity policies (i.e., Policy on Academic Integrity)

B. Completion of a minimum of 60 credits of NORMAL graded courses taken at Old Westbury (EXCLUDING CR, NC, NR, and W). IF A STUDENT HAS AN INCOMPLETE AT THE TIME LATIN HONORS IS CALCULATED, THAT STUDENT IS INELIGIBLE FOR LATIN HONORS.

C. Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 3.6;

1. For summa cum laude, a grade point average from 3.9 to 4.0;
2. For magna cum laude, a grade point average from 3.75 to 3.89; and
3. For cum laude, a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.74;  and

D. Successful completion of all College-wide and Departmental graduation requirements.

Students who are eligible for Latin Honors will have “Latin Honors” pending next to their names on the Commencement program, and they will also wear different color cords to distinguish the three levels of distinction at the May Commencement ceremony:

  • Gold: summa cum laude 
  • Silver: magna cum laude 
  • Bronze: cum laude  

Upon completion of their final semester at Old Westbury, they will officially earn the Latin Honors distinction (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude) which will appear on their official college transcript and diploma.