Magna cum laude

What is magna cum laude?

Magna cum laude is Latin for “with great distinction.” It’s one of the highest honors that can be given to a graduating student, meaning they did exceptionally well in their studies. These students are often high-achieving and intelligent individuals who get straight A’s throughout school.

There are three levels of undergraduate degrees. The first level, summa cum laude, translates as “highest honor.” Magna means major or large while Laurea means degree. This prestigious award signifies that an undergraduate’s academic achievements have been superior in their class above all others with a Bachelor’s Degree who are at the same school during their graduating year.

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