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Honors and Woolsack


Honors are awarded as follows: cum laude to graduates who rank in the top 10 percent academically, magna cum laude to those who rank in the top 5 percent and summa cum laude to those who rank in the top 2 percent of their class.

  • Honors appear in the commencement program based on five semesters and are subject to change based on final semester grades; final honors are therefore determined after spring commencement.
  • Honors will appear on the diploma and transcript.
  • Students awarded honors receive a name-engraved medallion.

Woolsack Honor Society

The Woolsack Honor Society was founded in 1920 for the purpose of recognizing academic excellence. It was reestablished in 1981. Membership is limited to seniors who rank in the top fifteen percent of their class following the fifth or sixth semester of study.

  • Honorees are notified by the Dean of the Law School in February and May.
  • A reception is held in April to honor the Fall inductees. Members receive a certificate of achievement, a Woolsack lapel tack and a Woolsack pillow.
  • Woolsack Honor Society notation will be placed on the student transcript.
  • Fall members' names are listed in the commencement program and are recognized during the spring commencement ceremony.
  • Once inducted, membership is permanent.