One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbNorth American
With the highest distinction.as adverb ‘he graduated summa cum laude’as adjective ‘three scientific degrees, all summa cum laude’
- ‘The Yale program will award summa cum laude degrees to the top 5 percent of the graduating class; magna cum laude to the next 10 percent, and cum laude to the next 15 percent.’
- ‘Dr. Lisle graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University where he double-majored in physics and astronomy, and minored in mathematics.’
- ‘She received a B.S. in Information Systems and Operations, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2007.’
- ‘Oldfield, who graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in education, is typical of the graduates accepted by Teach for America.’
- ‘The process of determining the degrees summa cum laude will be the same as described above.’
Latin, literally ‘with highest praise’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.