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5.3 - Graduating with Distinction and Honors


The with distinction degree designation is conferred by the student’s degree-recommending college. Each college has established unique requirements for graduation with distinction, special distinction, or outstanding distinction. Distinctions are based primarily on the student’s grade point average. Both the transcript and the diploma carry the designation. Contact your academic advisor for specific requirements.

Those graduating with distinction wear a gold hood with their gown. Academic distinction hoods may be purchased for an additional fee when you purchase your gown at Graduation Gear-up or through the Jostens store located in the Sooner Shop on the Norman campus.


Students may graduate with a 4.0 Medallion if they have completed the requirements of their undergraduate degree with: 

  • 4.0 OU and Combined Retention GPA2
  • Minimum of 60 hours taken at OU
  • No disciplinary Academic Integrity action

2 Combined Retention GPA (includes all courses taken with repeat, reprieve and renewal policies applied-Overall Transcript Total)  

Students may wear the medallion during Commencement and Convocation exercises.

In addition, the students' names will be listed in a special section of the May graduation program, and the students will be invited to attend a special 4.0 University medallion presentation.

Students who qualify will be notified by their degree-recommending college. University Events will provide information regarding the presentation.  Presentations are held during the fall and spring semesters.  If students are unable to attend the presentation, medallions will be mailed to you. 


Honors courses are intended to be included in the hours earned toward completion of the student’s undergraduate degree.

Graduating with Honors requires:

  • HON 2973 OR HON 2963

  • HON 3980 (3 credit hours)

  • HON 3993

  • Honors Electives (9 credit hours): includes HON 3960 Honors Reading and Honors designated courses.

  • C or higher required in all HON classes

    • filing an honors thesis (the end result of the honors reading and research project or other thesis-worthy work) with the Honors Office.
    • both an OU Retention GPA and a Combined Retention GPA of
      • 3.40-3.59 for cum laude
      • 3.60-3.79 for magna cum laude
      • 3.80-4.00 for summa cum laude

Submit the Honors College graduation form during the first two weeks of the semester you plan to graduate.

Honors College graduates and graduation candidates wear a crimson hood with their gown, which may be purchased for an additional fee when you purchase your cap and gown.

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