Barry's Diploma - Baruch College CUNYWhile I was covering the fact that Google is hiring lower GPAs, it reminded me that I graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York, with a pretty high GPA. I know it was above 3.8, but I forgot the exact number – and I forgot where I would have put those papers.

In any event, my diploma has a cool line that says;

Summa Cum Laude

Which is the highest honors you can graduate from Baruch with. The Latin Honors Policy says;

  • Summa cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.85 (3.8 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance until graduation)

  • Magna cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.75 (3.5 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance until graduation)
  • Cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.5 (3.2 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance)

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Latin Honors.

Honestly, the honors did not phase me until my last semester. It was then I learned that my current GPA was good enough to earn Summa cum laude, so I did my best to make sure I didn’t hurt my GPA at the end.

Unfortunately, my second to last semester, I took a work study course (worked for myself), and I got an A. But the teacher accidently filled out on a scantron that I scored an F for not showing up to something, when I did. I confronted the teacher and he said he aligned my name up to the wrong box and gave me an F and the student that earned an F my A. After a few months and a bunch of red tape (CUNY’s are like that), I got my A back and my GPA was secure.

I was a good test taker at school, because I was able to anticipate the questions on the test prior to the test. I normally finished my tests in a very short amount of time. I remember one test being allowed 75 minutes. He gave us 75 multiple choice questions with one essay. He figured you should be able to do a question in 30 seconds or so and have some time for the essay. I finished that test in no time, and I think I scored well.

Many of my intro classes were in huge theater like rooms, with second floors. Only way to test the students were scantron tests, all multiple choice. I loved those tests. The scores were then posted on the wall, the following week, by social security number or by name.

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  1. Lucy, school teacher
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    You are talking about your diploma as if you have never used it… I often tell my students that it is knowledge and skills that matter most of all; diploma is just a proof of their education, which can make some things easier for them. It makes me sad when I see young people who only care for that piece of paper (… it’s nothing more for them) instead of working hard at school.

  2. Cindusia
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    I think what he means by posting his comments about his diploma is actually the opposite of someone who only cares about getting that “piece of paper”. I myself am a recent graduate of Baruch College and have also graduated “Summa cum laude”. It is not the piece of paper that makes me proud but what it represents. To me, it is my reward. It serves as a mark of distinction among my fellow graduates. It is not the reason I worked so hard in my undergraduate career but it represents the recognition Baruch has offered for my academic performance.

  3. Joscelyn Lauren
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    BARRY, CONGRATS!

    I TOO KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK HARD AND DILIGENTLY! I WORKED MY *&^%$# OFF! I AM OLDER, AND I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO “GO BACK AND GET THAT DEGREE” AND THAT’S JUST WHAT I DID. I TOO GRADUATED SUMMA CUM LAUDE. I STILL GET A SHOCK WHEN I SEE THAT DIPLOMA! HUGZZZZZ!

    JOSCELYN, CARMEL CA

  4. john
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    Good on you Barry!! My diploma from 1965 makes no mention of earned honors, and good for Baruch that they make acknowlegment of someting that required lots of effort. Maybe schoolteacher Lucy can motivate her students to work hard and be proud of accomplishments that take time, and effort to achieve. Use your education well, and I bet that you will!

  5. Alexei
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    I just got my Baruch Diploma – BBA Summa Cum Laude with College Honors after completing the Honors program with 4.0 GPA 😉

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