Degree and Commencement Honors

Students who complete a departmental honors thesis may be eligible to graduate with departmental honors distinction.




The UC Davis College of Letters and Science has distinct criteria for awarding honors, high honors and highest honors. Linguistics students who satisfy the grade point average requirement for graduation with honors, and who complete the Honors Program of the College of Letters and Science, may be recommended by the Department of Linguistics for graduation with high honors or highest honors on the basis of an evaluation of their academic achievements in the major and in the honors project in particular. 

Levels of honors awarded

Honors are awarded at three levels: honors, high honors, and highest honors. In order to qualify for graduation with "honors," a student must meet the appropriate grade-point requirement for all UC courses completed. The Office of the University Registrar and the College of Letters and Science make that determination.

  • Any student who attains the cumulative grade point average required for honors in the College of Letters and Science will receive honors at graduation.
  • High honors designation is equivalent to magna cum laude.
  • Highest honors is equivalent to summa cum laude.
  • The specific GPA required for honors at graduation is calculated at the end of each winter quarter and varies according to the number of units taken at UC Davis. Please consult the UC Davis General Catalog and the College of Letters and Science for details.