Honors Medallions

Honors medallions are used at graduation to recognize or distinguish students that achieve Latin Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude). All Latin Honors designations receive the same medallion.

Students are only able to purchase a medallion before the spring commencement ceremony in May. An email will be sent in mid-April to undergraduate students who have met the eligibility criteria to purchase their medallion. Purchases are made directly through the bookstore.

To qualify for an Honors Medallion, a student needs to satisfy all of the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Complete a minimum of 56 credits at UAlbany.
  • 40 Credits must be A-E grading at UAlbany. This requirement cannot be petitioned or waived.
  • Achieve a GPA of no less than 3.25.

Disqualifying conditions:

  • If a student graduates in Summer. While a student may be approved to participate in commencement early, this does not guarantee that they will be eligible for other commencement honors.  
  • If a student does not apply for graduation on time.
  • If a student does not have the required GPA by the end of the preceding FULL semester.
  • If a student has fewer than 56 credits at UAlbany. This last disqualifier may be waived if a student petitions it to the Committee on Academic Standing. Should the petition be approved, the student will be notified and could purchase the medallion from the bookstore.

Spring Graduates:

  • If you did not receive the April email because you applied to graduation late and your fall cumulative GPA is over 3.25, please fill out this form.
  • If you do not currently qualify for honors but will achieve the required GPA in your last semester, please fill out this form AFTER grades have posted in May.

Exception to Graduation with Honors Policy

Complete this form to request an exception to the Graduation with Honors Policy. In order to graduate with Honors (cum laude, etc.) students must have completed a minimum of 56 credits at the University at Albany, including a minimum of 40 credits that are graded A-E. Please note, the GPA requirement of 3.25 or higher is not waived under any circumstances.