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Question #8626 posted on 10/11/2004 4:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is necessary to graduate "magnum cum laude" or "summa cum laude" here at the old BYU? Are these unrelated to graduating "with honors"?

Diploma Dave

A: Dear Diploma Dave,
Those honors are based on how you compare to other students in your graduating class.
Summa Cum Laude: Top 1% of those submitted for graduation
Magna Cum Laude: Top 1.1 to 5% of those submitted for graduation
Cum Laude: Top 5.1% to 10% of those submitted for graduation
The website title is "Graduating with Honors" so I think that's the general thought. The only other thing I can think of is if you finished the BYU Honors program.