Registrar's Office

Graduating with Honors

To be eligible for Latinate honors at graduation, an undergraduate candidate must have completed at least sixty (60) semester hours of graded coursework offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery).

To be eligible for Distinction honors at graduation, an undergraduate candidate must have completed at least thirty (30) semester hours of graded coursework offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery).

Below are the minimum hours earned at Winston-Salem State University and grade point averages which must be attained to graduate with honors.

Honors Designation WSSU Hours Earned WSSU GPA Required
Distinction 30 – 59 semester hours 3.00 – 4.00
Cum Laude ≥ 60 semester hours 3.00 – 3.49
Magna Cum Laude ≥ 60 semester hours 3.50 - 3.79
Summa Cum Laude ≥ 60 semester hours 3.80 – 4.00


HONORS DESIGNATION ON TRANSCRIPT

The honors designation is based on the candidate’s final academic coursework at Winston-Salem State University at the end of their final semester and will be printed on their academic transcript only.

HONORS BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Students having received the Honors Program's General Honors and Departmental Honors Awards will also be eligible for the Honors Bachelor's Degree. The honor will be recorded on student's academic record.

HONORS DESIGNATION IN SPRING COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM

The honors designations in the commencement program for spring undergraduates are based on the cumulative GPA earned at the end of the preceding fall semester. Since spring semester grades will not be reported at the time the program is printed, some modifications in the tentative honors shown will have to be made following the recording of the spring semester grades.

Distribution: Honors cords are only distributed during the spring commencement. Cords are available for pick up based on the commencement calendar. Please bring your WSSU ID card or valid government issued photo identification.

MILITARY HONOR CORDS

In recognition of your military service to the United States of America, Winston-Salem State University would like to honor your graduation by authorizing you to wear red, white, and blue honor cords to your commencement ceremony.

Eligibility: If you are graduating and are an honorably discharged U.S. veteran, are currently serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, or Reserves), or are an ROTC student commissioning upon graduation, you are authorized to wear a Military Honor Cord. Military-affiliated faculty and staff are welcome to receive honor cords as well.

Distribution: The Military Honor cords are available for pick up based per the commencement calendar. Please bring your WSSU ID card and either a copy of your DD-214 or valid military identification card.

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601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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