He received a diploma with commendation in Computer Science from XX School.

Does "with commendation in" just a fancy word to say "diploma for Computer Science", or is there any special meaning to this? The dictionary meaning for "commendation" is compliment/award, and It seems awkward to interpret "commendation" as an award. A diploma with award in Computer Science? I don't think so... What does "with commendation in" mean?

  • "With commendation" is awarded for scoring a certain per centage higher than ordinarily required for a mere passing grade. Are you from the US, the UK or elsewhere?
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 9:04
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    I'd guess it's an attempt to translate cum laude. Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 9:25

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You're parsing it wrong.

It's not

a diploma (with commendation in computer science),


(a diploma with commendation) in computer science.

And a diploma with commendation means that you have performed at a higher level than would be needed for an ordinary diploma. Exactly what level that is, and what percentage of graduates get it depends on the school.

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