Degree Honors


Honors are based upon the Honors Point Average (HPA). The HPA is based only on credits earned within the University, including all repeated and failed courses. 

As the commencement program is printed prior to final grades being posted to the students’ records, honors printed in the commencement program is an estimation only and does not necessarily reflect the final honors notation that will appear on the student's transcript and diploma. Students whose estimated HGPA qualifies for honors at the time of the ceremony will have the appropriate honors indicated in the program and are presented with an honors sash at the ceremony. Students must participate in the commencement ceremony to receive an honors sash.

Honors, as defined below, is based upon all completed courses and grades. Final graduation status, including the awarding of degrees and honors, is determined and certified by the University Registrar's Office as posted to the official academic transcript, approximately 60 days after the end of the term. 

Honors are awarded based upon the following criteria:

Students completing an associate degree may graduate with the designation “With Honors” by completing at least 24 credit hours of coursework at the University and having a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 for HPU courses and a minimum honors point average (HPA) of 3.4.

Undergraduate students in a baccalaureate degree program may graduate with “Latin Honors” by completing at least 45 credit hours of coursework at the University. They must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 for HPU courses and have achieved the requisite honors point average (HPA) requirements. The corresponding honors designation for the baccalaureate degrees are as follows:

  • 3.4 – 3.69  Cum Laude
  • 3.7 – 3.89  Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.9 – 4.00  Summa Cum Laude

Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 are considered for the award of “With Distinction” at graduation. Specific requirements include:

  • Completion of at least 15 credit hours of work at HPU for all graduate programs except for 27 credit hours toward the MATESOL or 33 credit hours for a joint degree program.

  • A minimum honors point average (HPA) of at least 3.8.

Have questions about honors designations?  Contact the Registrar’s Office:

  • In-Person:  500 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste 5A, Honolulu, HI 96813, business hours (8:00am-5:00pm HST)
  • By Phone:  808-544-0239
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