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Diplomas and Distinction

Diplomas

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.  

Distinction

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 Winter term graduating class. The same ranges are used for the Summer and Fall graduating classes of that calendar year. The most recent ranges are noted below. You can also view our historical distinction ranges.  

2017 Distinction Ranges for Winter, Summer, and Fall Term Graduates:

  • Highest Distinction: 3.949 – 4.000
  • High Distinction: 3.857 – 3.948
  • Distinction: 3.705 – 3.856