Maybe I am wrong but sometimes I am pretty sure to have seen something like "I graduated in my university with a degree of 105". Shouldn't "grade" be used in this case?

I though that "degree" was used to identify a specific course, for example "master degree".

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    In this context, a grade is a score, which can be compared to other scores, in order to determine how well you performed a particular task. When I was in school, typical tasks which were scored were tests and quizzes, papers and projects (e.g. for the science fair), and completion of a class or course (e.g. I got a "B" in Math this semester, or an "A" in Organic Chemistry, etc). A degree by contrast, is awarded upon successful completion of an entire University curriculum, as in a Bachelor's degree, a Masters (e.g. in Fine Arts), or doctorate (PhD).
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:20
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    Unless the graduation ceremony was in a particularly hot environment, or you had a fever. On the other side of that coin, I've not heard an American usage of the 100 point scale at graduation. Usually what's referenced is a grade point average, if at all. The 100 point scale is usually translated to grade letters anyway. This seems awkward.
    – SrJoven
    Aug 4, 2014 at 14:56
  • @choster given what you've posted, who'd be using 100 point scales at graduation in times since the 70s? (Although I'm probably more interested in the OP's source and the source's date.)
    – SrJoven
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:53
  • @user2370114 Who says the OP is American? The 100-point scale is still quite common elsewhere in the world. In fact, a web search turns up many websites to convert such a score into a 4.0-scale GPA.
    – choster
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:56
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    Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – SrJoven
    Aug 4, 2014 at 16:11

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Degree is not an appropriate word choice here, nor is it one I have encountered as a native English speaker. The 105 in your example sentence should be a grade or a score (most likely an average or cumulative grade).

You can earn a degree of a certain type (a bachelor's degree, a degree in physics) but not of certain score.

In some situations (a low-grade job is like a job of low degree), degree is a synonym for a grade, but this is not one of them.

Looking at definitions of degree in the Oxford dictionary, any acceptable usage of degree with a number is limited to usage as a unit (100 degrees) or a specific term (second-degree murder, first-degree burn).

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