Barry's Diploma - Baruch College CUNYWhile I was covering the fact that Google is hiring lower GPAs, it reminded me that I graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York, with a pretty high GPA. I know it was above 3.8, but I forgot the exact number - and I forgot where I would have put those papers.

In any event, my diploma has a cool line that says;

Summa Cum Laude

Which is the highest honors you can graduate from Baruch with. The Latin Honors Policy says;

  • Summa cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.85 (3.8 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance until graduation)
  • Magna cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.75 (3.5 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance until graduation)
  • Cum laude shall be granted to those students whose scholastic index in all subjects is at least 3.5 (3.2 for those entering prior to fall 2004 who remain in continuous attendance)

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Latin Honors.

Honestly, the honors did not phase me until my last semester. It was then I learned that my current GPA was good enough to earn Summa cum laude, so I did my best to make sure I didn't hurt my GPA at the end.

Unfortunately, my second to last semester, I took a work study course (worked for myself), and I got an A. But the teacher accidently filled out on a scantron that I scored an F for not showing up to something, when I did. I confronted the teacher and he said he aligned my name up to the wrong box and gave me an F and the student that earned an F my A. After a few months and a bunch of red tape (CUNY's are like that), I got my A back and my GPA was secure.

I was a good test taker at school, because I was able to anticipate the questions on the test prior to the test. I normally finished my tests in a very short amount of time. I remember one test being allowed 75 minutes. He gave us 75 multiple choice questions with one essay. He figured you should be able to do a question in 30 seconds or so and have some time for the essay. I finished that test in no time, and I think I scored well.

Many of my intro classes were in huge theater like rooms, with second floors. Only way to test the students were scantron tests, all multiple choice. I loved those tests. The scores were then posted on the wall, the following week, by social security number or by name.