On Latin Honors: How hard is it to get to the top?

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An article from the Inquirer takes a look at how there are more latin honors graduates in Philippines colleges and universities than in years past. We can view comparative data for selected universities to know, more or less, how much weight a cum laude title carries for a particular school.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
06-28-2014
NOT LIKE THE OLD DAYS - Latin honors may not be as exclusive an award as it was before. (Photo: <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/gadgetdude/804190044/in/photolist-2e4FFA-fGyTWA-7GM3FE-6Nye7a-4MWo6b-bK5X3V-bwbb3A-9SD2g2-79Eot6-8WEqoW-5gKmFv-79Eosx-79Eorv-8Wvsi2-8WyuBA-8Wyt25-8WvmD2-8Wvk2t-8Wyn5o-8Wyk1A-8Wyios-8WvbRr-2XFyn-79En7r-79En3Z-79Jdmu-79Jdjy-79Jdhy-79Jdgj-79EmTB-79Jdew-79Jd9w-79EmMn-oAYhj-79En6i-79En4R-79En2H-79En1K-79EmVz-4Xyr3e-fXZKj-9e3Y7-fXZhc-6mgFnB-2xbLh-4U7BYy-7teNRt-cgaPAU-7izzPb-7izzzw' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>gadgetdude/Flickr</a>, <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>CC BY 2.0</a>)

Figure 1: NOT LIKE THE OLD DAYS - Latin honors may not be as exclusive an award as it was before. (Photo: gadgetdude/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

I was reading this article on how Latin honors have become increasingly common among graduates in recent history, and it contained interesting comparative data on various universities in Manila.

With that data, I’ve come up with a chart that displays the various percentile ranks of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates in recent 2014 graduations of these universities. For example, in UP Diliman, summa graduates are among the top 0.6%, magna graduates beat out 92.1% of their peers, and cum laudes graduated above 68.6% of their batch.