summa cum laude

adverb or adjective
sum·​ma cum lau·​de | \ ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio) , ˌsü-, -ˈlau̇-dē; ˌsə-mə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio) \

Definition of summa cum laude

: with highest distinction graduated summa cum laude — compare cum laude, magna cum laude

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Around her neck, counselors and administrators draped a National Honor Society stole and cords denoting her community service and her summa cum laude and SAISD top scholar status. Alia Malik,, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019 That means that students with a GPA of 4.25 or higher will graduate summa cum laude. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dad buys billboard after top-ranked son isn’t named valedictorian," 15 June 2018 The general sat between the twins at one end of the table, while the matronly Holly, a former debutante who graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College (and whose father was the superintendent of West Point), was seated at the other end. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016 Nearly half of students who graduated from Lehigh University, Princeton University and the University of Southern California this year did so with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors, or their equivalents. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "You Graduated Cum Laude? So Did Everyone Else," 2 July 2018 That doesn’t mean students who don’t test well can’t succeed, or that students with high scores are guaranteed to graduate summa cum laude. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The War on Admissions Testing," 1 July 2018 David Michael Murphy graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 29 June 2018 Three of its former employees graduated from college, one of them summa cum laude. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For Jacobi and others like him, working at DreamBikes is more than a job. It's restoration.," 3 July 2018 Now, the top 5% of the class graduates summa cum laude, the next 8% magna and the next 12% cum laude. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "You Graduated Cum Laude? So Did Everyone Else," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of summa cum laude

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for summa cum laude

Latin, with highest praise

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English Language Learners Definition of summa cum laude

formal : with highest honor

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