May 15-16, 2020

Honors Information

How are honors at graduation determined and how will I receive my honors regalia?

Departmental Distinction

Departmental honors recognize undergraduate students who have exhibited an unusually high degree of excellence in their department or interdisciplinary major field. The faculty members of each department nominate senior students.

To be considered, students must have met minimum GPA qualifications and have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their majors. Factors included in the selection process are a minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA and 3.5 major GPA as well as having completed 50% upper division units in the major at California Lutheran University. Honorees will be recognized at the Honors Day Convocation and at the Bachelor's Degree for Professionals Commencement Reception..

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are awarded to baccalaureate candidates only according to the following grade point criteria:

  • Cum Laude
    Minimum grade point average: 3.5
  • Magna Cum Laude
    Minimum grade point average: 3.7
  • Summa Cum Laude
    Minimum grade point average: 3.9

These grade point averages must apply to CLU as well as to cumulative credits. In addition, you must have completed at least 30 graded (ABCD) credits at CLU for the grade point calculation. Honors recognition is based on grade point averages and credits completed through the winter term.

Professionals’ students will receive their honors regalia at the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals Commencement Reception, and are recognized for honors in the Commencement ceremony program.

Bachelor's Degree for Professionals Awards

Academic Achievement Award

This award recognizes the student who demonstrated outstanding academic improvement while enrolled in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program at California Lutheran University. Through persistent dedication and pursuit of academic excellence, the recipient of this award achieved the most improved grade point average since starting the program.

Provost's Award for Academic Excellence

This award recognizes the student who possesses the highest GPA and is the valedictorian of the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program.