On my résumé, I have the following:

-----Bachelor of ABC, Institute of XYZ, Country-----

"first class honors" and GPA

I can't construct this line in a way that sounds completely correct. Which of the following is the right way?

  1. Graduated with First Class Honors and a GPA of X.
  2. Graduated First Class Honors with a GPA of X.
  3. Graduated with First Class Honors with a GPA of X.
  4. ...

Also, should it be capitalized first-class, First-class, or First Class?

  • I guess this is for the US market? The UK would be very different.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 26, 2013 at 9:11
  • @AndrewLeach Yeah. How would it be in the UK though? Oct 26, 2013 at 9:28
  • In a CV/resume, something like "University of Surrey, UK: BSc(Hons) Civil Engineering, 1987." The date, degree and institution might appear in a different order depending on style within the CV. Definitely no mention of honours grade or GPA, though.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:02
  • Maybe transform it to latin to make something like Magna cum laude (GPA X)
    – Vilmar
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:10
  • @Vilmar Not an option. The transcript must say the same. Oct 31, 2013 at 10:46

3 Answers 3


Your first suggestion, Graduated with First Class Honors and a GPA of X, not only seems legit (as another user said); it is absolutely correct.


There are a few different ways to format education on a resume, and in part it depends on how much you have or want to list.

Honors can also be listed as:

  • Cum Laude: with honor
  • Magna Cum Laude: with great honor
  • Summa Cum Laude: with highest honor


University -- Campus, City
Degree name (cum laude), month year -- other awards, GPA: x.x 1.


List the honors separately:


List item 1 years
List item 2 years 2.


Bachelor of XX, Major month year
Minor: minor
University, campus, city
GPA x.x, Cum Laude Honors


The Harvard Law School Advises:

You should include two separate subsections for each educational degree: "Honors" and "Activities." 3.

Degree XX with Honors in XYZ and ZYX, month year
Honours: details here

Activities: details here


  1. Put Your Education to Work on Your Resume
    By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

  2. Format: Résumé Honors / Awards

  3. Resume Layout Guidance
    Harvard Law School
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    – user163849
    Nov 3, 2013 at 20:53

Your first construction seems legit. You can add: Graduated with.....and an overall GPA of X.

You might also put it like this:

Awarded First-class Honours(or Honors) for an overall GPA of X.


Edit: and its First-class(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Class_Honours#First-class_honours)

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