summa cum laude

adverb or adjective
sum·ma cum lau·de | \ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də, ˌsü-, -ˈlau̇-dē;ˌsə-mə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē \

Definition of summa cum laude 

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

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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 An Atlanta native, Grant attended Westminster Schools and graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump’s short list for high court includes two Georgia justices," 27 June 2018 Her father is the owner of Atkins-Elrod & Associates, a state and local economic development consultancy in Covington, Ky. Mr. Ruml, 40, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received a law degree with distinction from Stanford. New York Times, "Sara Elrod, Carter Ruml," 20 May 2018 Judge Cooper, a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, was nominated by President Obama in 2013 and confirmed by the Senate in a 100-0 vote. Michael Mccann,, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 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

: with highest honor

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