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adjective & adverbNorth American
With distinction (with reference to university degrees and diplomas)as adverb ‘he received his A.B. Degree cum laude’as adjective ‘Kathy is a cum laude graduate of Pennsylvania State University’
- ‘She received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Baylor University, and graduated in the top of her class from Baylor Law School in 1977, receiving a juris doctor, cum laude.’
- ‘Degree candidates graduating cum laude wear a crimson satin hood with their cap and gown during the commencement ceremony.’
- ‘No more than five percent of the class may be summa cum laude, and about ten percent of the class are in each of the other two categories; however, that distribution may vary.’
- ‘NOTE: only graduates of Commonwealth College are eligible for the awards of Commonwealth College Scholar and magna cum laude or summa cum laude.’
Latin, literally ‘with praise’.
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