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Diplomas and Distinction

Please note: For members of the Winter 2020 graduating class, May 28 is the deadline to uncover any Winter 2020 grades you would like to include in determining your eligibility for Distinction. Eligibility for this award will be determined by your cumulative GPA as of the end of the day on May 28. If you uncover a grade anytime after May 28 through July 1, your transcript and cumulative GPA will be updated accordingly but the newly revealed letter grade(s) will not impact your distinction level.  


The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma several weeks after the commencement ceremony. You should contact them directly if you have any questions about the diploma, including how your name appears on it and where it should be mailed.  

The diploma indicates the degree you earned (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of General Studies), so you will receive one diploma even if you have multiple majors. Majors and minors are listed on the official transcript, but not on the diploma unless you receive Honors in a major through the Honors Program.  


Degrees with distinction are awarded based on class ranking. Students who have been approved for graduation, have completed at least 45 graded in-residence credits, and rank in the top 3% of their class will receive a degree "with Highest Distinction." Those who rank in the top 10% of their class but not in the top 3% will receive a degree "with High Distinction." Those who rank in the top 25% of their class but not in the top 10% will receive a degree "with Distinction." Distinction levels are noted on the diploma and the official transcript.

The GPA ranges for the distinction are determined at the end of each May based on the cumulative GPAs of LSA’s  graduating cohorts in that academic year (that May plus the previous August and December). These new ranges are then used for the May, August, and December graduating classes of that calendar year. You can also view our historical distinction ranges.  

Due to COVID-19, Winter 2020 cumulative GPAs will not be included when determining distinction ranges.

2019 Distinction Ranges for Winter, Summer, and Fall Term Graduates:

  • Highest Distinction: 3.957 – 4.000
  • High Distinction: 3.865 – 3.956
  • Distinction: 3.722 – 3.864

Information on other honors and awards can be found on LSA’s Honors and Awards page.