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Graduation Academic Honors 

2011 co-valedictorian, Adam JefferyGraduation honors are determined by a student's cumulative GPA at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the associate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the baccalaureate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Finlandia University. Students who have completed the requirements for their degree at Finlandia University must meet the following cumulative GPA standards to earn the corresponding academic distinction:

GPA   Honors
3.50-3.69   cum laude
3.70-3.89   magna cum laude
3.90-4.00   summa cum laude

The specific academic honor, calculated at the end of the fall semester of the student's graduation academic year, is included in the commencement program, and the distinction is displayed on the student's graduation gown or cap. However, the final cumulative GPA determined after all grades are recorded is used to determine the specific honor that is included on the student's transcript.

Students who will be graduating with academic honors will receive a written invitation to attend the 2014 Honors and Awards Banquet, which is being held on at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Finnish American Hertiage Center Theatre. During the banquet, honor recipients will be awarded their honors regalia to wear during the commencement ceremony. Honorees who cannot attend the banquet may pick up their honors regalia either during commencement rehearsal or from North Wind Books.

Summa cum laude: medallion, honors cord, and gold tassel
Magna cum laude: honors cord and gold tassel
Cum laude: gold tassel

A complimentary buffet dinner will be provided for honors and award students along with one guest per student.  Up to two additional guests per student may be invited, if space allows, at the cost of $18.00 per additional guest. Students are required to RSVP and pay for additional guests by the date indicated on the invitation.

Appropriate attire for the banquet includes dressy, business casual, and "artistic".
T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, flip flops, and other ultra-casual clothing are discouraged.

Note: Honors and Award Banquet invitations will be mailed to current local addresses that have been provided to the University Registrar. Please make sure the University Registrar has your current local mailing address. (See contact information link.)