Graduating with honors

Bachelor’s degree-earning students in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering are eligible for cum laude (with honors), magna cum laude (with high honors), and summa cum laude (with highest honors) graduation.

Both an upper division GPA minimum and a thesis, research project, or some other approved body of creative work are required for magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Each academic program in Engineering oversees the process for their own students. Students seeking the magna or summa designation must submit a thesis, project, or creative work to the faculty of their academic unit, according to that unit’s rules and policies, for evaluation.

The requirement for cum laude is based solely on upper division grade point average. Thus, students who meet the GPA requirement for magna or summa but who do not submit a thesis, project, or creative work will be awarded cum laude.


Interested students should:

  1. Review the GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog:
  2. Meet with a professional academic advisor or faculty coordinator in their major department to discuss research opportunities, departmental paperwork and policies, and the general timeline
  3. Review the UF Libraries’ guide for electronic undergraduate theses: