The Convocation for the Conferring of Honors and Awards, held the day before commencement, recognizes the outstanding academic accomplishments of students who will graduate with Latin honors. High-achieving students from all majors take part, and each is awarded a medal to signify the standard of excellence they maintained during their course of study. This tradition was begun at Christopher Newport in 1985.

Honor Meaning GPA required
Cum laude With praise 3.50
Magna cum laude With great praise 3.70
Summa cum laude With highest praise 3.90


The formal ceremony, held in the Ferguson Center Concert Hall, with all the university leadership in attendance, is also an opportunity to celebrate CNU’s outstanding faculty and their achievements. Faculty who are promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure, and all faculty awarded emeritus status during the academic year, are honored.

The Christopher Newport Alumni Society awards the group’s annual Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring on this occasion, which recognizes a faculty member for his or her exceptional commitment to teaching, learning excellence and university citizenship. Last year’s winner, Dr. Graham Schweig, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will deliver the keynote address at the Convocation.

The Honors Convocation is conducted in full regalia and is an excellent representation of the academic rigor of Christopher Newport University’s programs, the remarkable achievements of students, and of the quality of teaching and scholarship maintained by CNU faculty.