3. Graduation with Distinction/Honors

There are three different types of honors students can earn in the College of Public Health

With honors

Graduation with Honors in Public Health

Graduation with Distinction

Graduation with Research Distinction

Latin honors

Latin Honors are awarded based on students’ cumulative GPA as of the term penultimate to their graduation term. Should a student earn a higher designation in the last term of enrollment, the higher honor will be awarded. In order to be eligible for these honors, a student must also have 60 graded credit hours of Ohio State courses. The GPA requirements to graduate with Latin honors are as follows:

  1. Cum Laude (3.5-3.69)
  2. Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89)
  3. Summa Cum Laude (3.90+)

There are no exceptions made to the above requirements; these are based on university rules.

Graduation Honors Cords Pick-Up Instructions

Students who are notified that they are eligible to wear honors cords at the upcoming Commencement ceremony, can pick up honors cords at the front desk in 100 Cunz Hall. Students should bring their BuckID or some form of identification. Students are eligible to wear honors cords if they have earned Latin Honors, are Graduating with Honors in Public Health, or are Graduating with Research Distinction/Honors Research Distinction. (Each student wears only one set of cords, even if they have earned multiple honors.)

It is the students responsibility to bring their cords to the Commencement ceremony. Students not attending Commencement may still pick up their honors cords.