Many undergraduate students are not aware that their GPA rating for Honors is based on the next to last semester and not on the final semester of their work at UNM.

Baccalaureate degree recipients who have a minimum scholarship index of 3.5 and who have earned a minimum of 60 hours in residence are awarded University Honors based on the next to last semester statistics. Designations of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are awarded to graduates who have scholarship indexes noted below. (Honors recipients and designations subject to change upon completion of final requirements. Consequently, recipients not appearing in this University program and found eligible after final grades are posted will be acknowledged in their diplomas and transcripts.)
Cum Laude 3.5-3.74
Magna Cum Laude 3.75-3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.9-4.0 (and higher!)

Those with ‘Laudes’ will be able to buy a ‘cherry and silver cord’ at the UNM Bookstore to wear with their academic cap and gown. They will also be recognized (usually asked to stand) at the University and College ceremonies. Diplomas will also have printed the laude honor. Transcripts will also cite the laude honor.
Congratulations to those of you who achieve this wonderful recognition!


There are a number of honor societies like Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa that college of education students can join and receive honor cords (KDP), and the general honor cord that UNM offers.

The COE does "honor" Outstanding Student Achievement" each convocation and those "honors" come from each department whose faculty select the outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. These student awardees receive a certificate at convocation. In addition, the honor of "with distinction" is given to the graduate level students for attaining higher academic success (as defined by each department).

The Dean asks students to rise during the College of Education Convocation who are members of the following honor societies:

Delta Kappa Gamma
Golden Key National Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Omicron Nu
McNair Scholars
New Mexico Scholars
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Delta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Pi Lambda Theta
Regents' Scholars
Presidential Scholars
UNM Scholars


Departmental honors are honors received by graduates from their specific schools, colleges or departments. Those graduates who think they qualify for these honors should check with their department regarding requirements and awards. However, the College OF EDUCATION DOES NOT HAVE AN HONORS PROGRAM.