Academic Regulation Standards/Degrees with Distinction
Standards for Graduation
There are standards which undergraduate and graduate students are held to in order to graduate. Be sure to visit https://registrar.ecu.edu/graduation-information/ in order to make sure you have met these standards.
Degrees With Distinction
Latin honors distinction for any (i.e. first or subsequent) undergraduate degree is based on the cumulative grade point average calculated solely from all credit hours attempted at East Carolina University. For students returning to ECU under the forgiveness policy, only hours included in the GPA following the application of forgiveness will be considered for a degree with distinction. Three levels of distinction are granted to graduating undergraduates as follows:
- Summa Cum Laude for a cumulative average of 3.90 and above
- Magna Cum Laude for a cumulative average of equal to or greater than 3.60 and less than 3.90
- Cum Laude for a cumulative average of equal to or greater than 3.50 and less than 3.60
Note: International credit earned from institutions located outside of the United States is not included in the calculation of cumulative average for awarding degrees with distinction.