Academic Honors

The dean’s list, which is issued at the close of each semester, recognizes students who have completed a minimum of 12 graded undergraduate credit hours and have earned a grade point average of 3.55 (on a 4.0 system) for the semester. Part-time students are eligible for the dean’s list after they have completed 12 credits at Misericordia University, and earn six or more undergraduate credits in a given semester. The dean’s list is an award earned at the end of each semester.

Undergraduate students are awarded baccalaureate degrees with distinction for exceptional academic achievement. A student must have completed at least 60 credits at Misericordia University to qualify for these honors. Honors are awarded as follows:


Grade Point Average at Graduation

Summa Cum Laude

3.90 and above

Magna Cum Laude

3.70 – 3.89

Cum Laude

3.50 – 3.69

The class valedictorian is determined by the full-time matriculated student with the highest cumulative undergraduate average who has completed all course work at Misericordia University with the exception of credit allowed through off-campus requests or any advanced placement credits. A separate valedictorian for the Winter and Spring Commencements shall be determined from the graduating students. In the event that multiple graduating students possess identical grade point averages, all will be recognized as valedictorians, and the student speaker for the commencement ceremony shall be determined as follows:

  • The valedictorian with the highest percentage of credits taken at Misericordia University out of the total number of credits required for the undergraduate degree according to the major (as stated in the catalog) will serve as the student speaker.
  • Should a tie remain, a selection committee comprised of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the College Deans, and a faculty representative from each College will determine the student speaker from the remaining valedictorians, who each will submit a draft of her/his speech to the selection committee. The selection committee will decide on the basis of the drafts which valedictorian will serve as the student speaker.

For Winter Commencement, if the scheduling of the ceremony does not allow the determination of valedictorian to take place prior to the ceremony, the student speaker shall be the graduating student with the highest grade point average at the start of the fall semester immediately prior to the Winter Commencement.

Students who complete the Misericordia University Honors Program while achieving a GPA of 3.25 or higher will be awarded an honors designation (see program requirements for a description).