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 summā cum laude with highest praise summā 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.