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Cum Laude on a Resume: How to List Latin Honors & Tips

Cum Laude on a Resume: How to List Latin Honors & Tips

So, you graduated cum laude and want to show it off to prospective employers. Here's how to list latin honors on your resume.

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In the eyes of the recruiter your experience matters the most—

 

But—

 

You can boost your chances of getting a job by making your academic background count.

 

Especially, if you graduated with honors.

 

Putting cum laude on a resume can give you the edge over the other candidates, and show the recruiter you’re above the average.

 

This article will show you:

 

  • How to put summa and magna cum laude on a resume.
  • Where to put your Latin honors and awards on resume.
  • Graduated with honors resume examples.

 

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1

When to Put Latin Honors on a Resume

 

Before we look at the examples of Latin honors on a resume, let’s consider—

 

Why would you want to put magna cum laude on a resume?

 

Your resume is supposed to wow the recruiter. But according to this NACE study, your educational achievements will not impress them as much as your previous experience.

 

Sorry.

 

It doesn’t mean, though, there’s no room for adding cum laude to your resume, no.

 

Putting your academic honors and awards on a resume makes sense when preparing your first resume with no experience, making a student resume, or a recent graduate resume.

 

It’s just that the more experienced you become, the more attention you’ll need to devote to your professional experience on a resume rather than education.

 

That said—

 

There are certain jobs where a strong academic background is prerequisite. For example, if you’re writing an investment banker resume, putting your GPA on a resume along with Latin honors is pretty much standard.

 

Conclusion: always tailor your resume to the job offer and the employer’s specific requirements.

 

Pro Tip: Depending on how much (or little) experience you have, your resume education section can come before or after the experience section.

 

2

How to Put Latin Honors on a Resume

 

Listen:

 

Even if some employers might not pay too much attention to cum laude on your resume, graduating with honors testifies to one thing—

 

Your commitment to excellence.

 

Which is more than welcome by any employer.

 

So, show how committed to excellence you are by presenting cum laude on a resume—

 

Just the way it should.

 

Take a look at how you can put cum laude on your resume:

 

Graduated with Honors on a Resume—Examples

 

2012

BSc in Mathematics, magna cum laude

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2013

Honors BA in English, magna cum laude (GPA 3.75)

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2014

BA in Psychology, summa cum laude

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2015

BA in Business

Honors: summa cum laude (GPA 3.95)

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2016

BSc in Engineering, Graduated with Highest Honors

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017

BA with High Honors in Political Science

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

In the next section, we’ll take a closer look at some basic formatting rules.

 

Pro Tip: If your school doesn’t use the cum laude phrase, but rather “with High Honors” or other phrasing, do not change it. Use the exact same wording as you see on your diploma.

 

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3

How to Format Latin Honors on a Resume

 

The examples above show that you can write cum laude on your resume in several ways.

 

But before you actually start listing Latin honors on your resume, you need to decide—

 

Where to put cum laude on your resume.

 

There are two options:

 

  1. Create a separate section for your academic awards and achievements, and list cum laude as a bullet point among your other accomplishments.
  2. List cum laude in your resume education section.

 

Pro Tip: Latin honors should be italicized and in lower case.

 

Now—

 

Making a separate section for honors and awards on your resume is a good option if you want to present several academic accomplishments but you’re afraid they may get drowned out in your education section.

 

Here’s an example of what the honors and awards resume section could look like:

 

Honors and Awards on a Resume—Example

 

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Cumulative GPA 3.98/4.00
  • Dean’s List all semesters
  • U.C. Berkeley Golden Key Member
  • 1st Prize in Student Essay Contest

 

Mind you though—

 

Your resume is about presenting your top achievements, not all of them. So, limit yourself to listing up to 3-5 academic awards on your resume.

 

Most of the time, though, it will be perfectly enough to simply add information on having graduated with honors to the education section.

 

You can put cum laude on your resume in the same line as your degree, or add an extra line of text.

 

In fact, listing cum laude in the education section of a resume has been suggested by the official Harvard Law School resume writing guide.

 

Seriously, all you need to do is take another look at the examples in the previous section, and choose the format you find to your liking.

 

Simple as that.

 

And one more thing.

 

If you put cum laude on a resume, consider leaving out your GPA. After all, it stands to reason that without a high GPA you wouldn’t have earned your Latin honor.

 

Remember: don’t clutter your resume.

 

But—

 

If the employer requires you to put the GPA score on your resume, do put it by all means.

 

You can also consider including both cum laude and GPA on your resume if your school has particularly high requirements for earning a distinction, and you want to draw the recruiter’s attention to this fact.

 

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Key Takeaways

 

Here’s how to put cum laude on a resume:

 

  • Put cum laude on your resume if you’re making an entry-level resume.
  • Add Latin honors to your resume when applying for jobs requiring strong academic background.
  • Put cum laude in your resume’s education section or in a separate section for honors and awards on a resume.
  • If you list cum laude on a resume, you might want to skip adding information on your GPA.
  • Use the phrasing from your diploma. Don’t convert graduated with honors into cum laude and vice versa.
  • Always tailor your resume to the job posting. If the employer wants a detailed education section, make sure your resume delivers it.


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Maciej Duszyński, CPRW
Maciej is a career expert and Certified Professional Resume Writer with a solid background in the education management industry. He's worked with people at all stages of their career paths: from interns to directors to C-suite members, he now helps you find your dream job.

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