Honors at Graduation

Honors Institutional Honors

Undergraduate students who have completed 60 or more undergraduate hours at Drake are recognized in the commencement program by the following honors:

Cum Laude 3.50-3.69
Magna Cum Laude 3.70-3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90-4.00

The list of awards in the commencement program is based on the student’s grades through December and is no guarantee that the listed students will actually receive the honors once final grades are recorded. Students who have completed fewer than 60 hours may be eligible for Cum Laude honors. See the Drake catalog for complete details. These honors are designated on the transcript and the diploma, but no ornamentation is worn for the ceremony.

Honors Program

Undergraduates completing the Honors program are recognized in the commencement program. The award is designated on the transcript and diploma. Honor medallions are worn by these students.

Departmental Honors

Students who have completed 60 hours at Drake and who have a GPA of 3.5 or above may be awarded Departmental Honors if they have completed at least 18 hours in their major and have a 3.8 or above in those courses.

Honorary Societies

Students who are members of university-designated honorary societies are recognized in the Commencement Program.

University News
April 29, 2016
When Brytani Cavil addresses Drake University’s graduating class of 2016 as the top graduating senior, she aims to inspire more than her fellow students. She hopes to set an example for her two-year-old twins.