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Four LACA Concentrators Graduate Magna cum laude

May 31, 2019

Images of four LACA students who were awarded magna cum laude.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce that four of our LACA concentrators were given the honor of graduating magna cum laude this year. 

The four '19 LACA concentrators who were awarded magna cum laude this year are:

  • Natalie B. Lerner
  • Dakota S. Fenn
  • Jack R. Morris
  • Ethan A. Shire


About magna cum laude at Brown (from the Dean of the College website):

"Because the Brown curriculum has traditionally placed greater weight on the act of learning than on external marks of success, the University grants only one honor at commencement: magna cum laude. Brown's Faculty Rules stipulate that this distinction should be awarded to no more than 20% of the graduating class each year.

Magna is determined not on the grade point average (which Brown does not calculate) but on the percentage of ‘A’ grades and marks of ‘S with distinction’ that a student receives in courses taken at Brown. The distinction mark is not noted on the external transcript; however, it is taken into account by the Committee on Academic Standing when determining the recipients of magna cum laude each year."