Post # 1
This classifies as something I never thought I would care about. My fiancé and I are trying to figure out the wording of our newspaper engagement announcement (something that is important to both parents). We are debating over whether or not to include our Latin honors, something that I see as common among those who received them. I have always seen the Latin honors written out in a bio and would think it is strange not to include them. We both have them, so I feel that both of ours should be in there or neither of ours should be in there. My fiancé feels that it is bragging and not really important. I have no problem bragging in our local papers—our graduation announcements had the same information years ago.
The other issue is whether or not to mention what our degrees are in. I have no need to mention it and have longer degree names. He has earned a much harder degrees and would like to make it known what his major was. Right now our three wording options are:
1) Mr. Y graduated from State U with a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, and from Private U with a master of engineering degree.
2) Mr. Y. graduated from State U with a bachelor of science in computer engineering degree and from Private U with a master of engineering in electrical engineering degree.
3) Mr. Y earned a bachelor of science in computer science, cum laude, from State U and a master of engineering in electrical engineering from Private U.
What are your thoughts? Are they boastful or traditional? Any other suggestions are welcomed.
Post # 3
I think it’s a little boastful, but that’s just me.
Ours was worded “He majored in x at State University, graduating in year x, and now works for X as an X. She works for x as an x, after graduating with a degree in x in year x from State University.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t put any latin honors in it….but that’s just me. I graduated with honors but I think it looks weird to put in a wedding announcement. If it was a graduation announcement…then I’d say go for it.
Post # 5
I think they`re fine! I like the first option.
Post # 6
Honest opinion – I’d drop it. I read the announcements every week and I can’t recall reading one of those recently. I would save the honors for graduation announcements, not engagement announcements. It’s all about space in newspapers, so if you add that, you’ll have to pay more or cut something else. If your newspaper offers the announcements free, that will probably be the first thing they cut if they need space.
Post # 7
Yea if it was academically related, I’d be all for it, but it seems irrelevant and kind of braggy in an engagement announcement. Just my 2 cents!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I was cum laude in college and didn’t feel like it was something to brag about. I was actually embarassed that I wasn’t magna or summa.
The only time in my life when Latin honors really mattered was the day before graduation when we picked up our cords and on graduation day, when we wore them. No one has ever mentioned their honors in my presence since…and I work in academia.
Post # 9
Thanks for all of the responses. I work in an academia related field where everyone lists it out. I am so used to seeing it next to my degree that it seems strange not to. In all honesty, the only reason getting “summa cum laude” was a goal was because I saw it in an engagement announcement when I was 12. So I realize my perspective is different from other people and am glad for your opinions!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I would put it. I think if where you graduated from and what your degrees are is relevent, so are the honors.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t personally include latin honors, but hey, if its meaningful for you then that’s fine.
Post # 12
Go for it. The first choice was nice!
Post # 13
You earned it. Why be embarrassed? Good job!
Post # 14
I wouldn’t include it (I graduated cum laude and with departmental honors, but FH definitely did not), but shouldn’t it read “____ graduated cum laude/with honors from X university with X degree”? Not, “____ graduated from X university with X degree, cum laude“? The grammar seems off to me the way you have it written. I’d also consider breaking up the language a bit by throwing in “completed a degree in X at X” or “studied X at X” to keep it from becoming monotanous.