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Graduating with Honors


Academic Honors

There are three designations of Academic Honors in the Life University College of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Chiropractic: summa cum laude (with highest praise), requiring an overall grade-point average of 3.75 to 4.00; magna cum laude (with great praise), requiring an overall grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74; and cum laude, (with praise) requiring an overall grade point average of 3.25 to 3.49. A student may attain academic honors at Life University by the virtue of maintaining high grades while in pursuit of the normal curriculum of a subject area.


To be selected as Valedictorian a student must hold the highest-ranking GPA of all students in the graduating class.


To be selected as Salutatorian a student must hold the second highest-ranking GPA of all students in the graduating class.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of each class, and students graduating with honors are identified as such in the graduate listing. Members of the class wear honor cords signifying the achievement of academic honors.

Pi Tau Delta Honor Society

Pi Tau Delta is an international honor society founded to encourage and recognize good scholarship by students in Chiropractic Colleges. The society, which has no honorary members, is open only to senior students who have demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement throughout their five academic year college courses.

Clinic Excellence Award

The Life University Clinic Excellence Award is presented to a graduating student intern who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in service and academic performance throughout their clinic career. The criteria that determine excellence in the Life clinics are grounded in the Eight Core Proficiencies and require extraordinary patient care, outstanding communication and relationship skills, integrity and good citizenship, and the willingness to advance chiropractic knowledge and science.

Chiropractic Philosophy Distinction

The Life University Chiropractic Philosophy Distinction is given to that student who best exemplifies the deep understanding of chiropractic’s fundamental vitalistic perspective, the critical examination and integration of chiropractic’s metaphysical and clinical principles of life, health and healing into his/her own life, and the will to profess that perspective and those principles in the marketplace of ideas, which are necessary to transform a chiropractic student into a chiropractic philosopher.