summa cum laudesum·ma cum lau·de
phrase signifying the highest category of academic standing at the time of graduation from a college or university
Origin of summa cum laudeL, literally , with the greatest praise
summa cum laude
With the greatest honor. Used to express the highest academic distinction: graduated summa cum laude; a summa cum laude graduate.
Origin of summa cum laudeLatin summa cum laude, with highest praise : summa, feminine ablative of summus, highest + cum, with + laude, ablative of laus, praise.
- With the highest of three degrees of praise, as noted on a diploma.
- She graduated from the university summa cum laude.