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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Recent Examples on the Web After graduating summa cum laude in 1949, Mr. Volcker received a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University in 1951 and attended the London School of Economics. Neil Irwin, Washington Post, "Paul A. Volcker, Fed chairman who curbed inflation by raising interest rates, dies at 92," 9 Dec. 2019 Senior receiver Colt Morgan graduated summa cum laude from Wooster High. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Case Western Reserve football: Winning is big a relief from tests and labs for playoff-bound Spartans," 22 Nov. 2019 Of the 575 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 25 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.8 to 4.0 grade point average, while 37 were magna cum laude (3.60 to 3.79) and 57 were cum laude (3.3 to 3.59). Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "North Royalton student is semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship program: Talk of the Towns," 3 Oct. 2019 Sister Makamatine Lembo was awarded summa cum laude at her defense Thursday at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and was praised by her examiners for her courage in tackling such a taboo subject. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pontifical university takes up sex abuse of nuns by priests," 26 Sep. 2019 Coral Ciupak, Medina, philosophy major summa cum laude. Sam Boyer,, "College Corner Medina County," 9 Aug. 2019 Originally from Chagrin Falls, Viland graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, passing the Ohio Bar exam in 2004. Ed Wittenberg,, "‘I will miss you, but I will be around,’ says outgoing Solon police chief," 20 Aug. 2019 Thereafter, Joseph entered Yale University School of Medicine and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Public Health and Hospital Administration as well as a Masters of Science in Pharmacology., "Joseph Anthony DellaPuca," 16 Aug. 2019 Hertz graduated summa cum laude in May with a degree in marketing and a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Notebook: Century grad, Loyola standout Kristen Yanchoris named Patriot League’s top scholar-athlete," 29 July 2019

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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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“Summa cum laude.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of summa cum laude

formal : with highest honor

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