Graduating with Honors

To graduate with university honors, you must have 56 credits at the University of Idaho and a cumulative institutional GPA that meets the criteria below, or 32 credits at the University of Idaho and a cumulative institutional AND overall GPA that meets the following criteria.  Graduate students are not eligible for honors.

The Office of the Registrar notifies honors-eligible students before midterms, and distributes honor cords to be worn at the commencement ceremonies at the fall and spring GradFest events in Moscow.  Honors-eligible students at the centers in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls will receive instructions for collecting their honor cord.

Summa Cum Laude, “With Highest Distinction”, represents students whose GPA places them in the top 3% of graduates from their respective college within the last five years.

Magna Cum Laude, “With Great Distinction”, represents students whose GPA places them in the top 6%, but below the top 3%, of graduates from their respective college within the last five years.

Cum Laude, “With Distinction”,  represents students whose GPA places them in the top 10%, but below the top 6%, of graduates from their respective college within the last five years.

Criteria for 2013-2014 Graduates
College Summa Cum Laude
Gold Honor Cord
Magna Cum Laude
Silver Honor Cord 
Cum Laude
Bronze Honor Cord
Agricultural & Life Sciences 3.96
3.91 3.84
Art & Architecture 3.95 3.91 3.83
Business & Economics 3.90 3.80 3.70
Education 4.00 3.98 3.93
Engineering 3.99 3.95 3.89
Law 3.71 3.58 3.49
Letters, Arts & Social Sciences 3.97 3.91 3.85
Natural Resources 3.93 3.81 3.72
Science 4.00 3.95 3.90

The Jesse Buchanan Plaque

The Jesse Buchanan Plaque honors University of Idaho students for highest scholarship. It lists the names of University of Idaho students who, since 1927, have achieved a 4.00 grade point average for undergraduate coursework received while attending the University of Idaho. Recipients of this award must have completed all of their credits at the University of Idaho; transfer students are not eligible.

The plaque is presented in honor of Jesse E. Buchanan, who was the first University of Idaho student to receive a 4.00 grade point average for in-residence coursework in 1927.