I felt extraordinarily elated, and much as if John had given me a diploma, with a cum laude inscribed in gold letters.
The degree was at once voted, and a "cum laude" thrown in for good measure.
The two professional schools grant degrees with two grades of distinction, viz., "plain" and "cum laude."
These are indicated as "plain," "cum laude," "magna cum laude" and "summa cum laude."
1872, originally at Harvard, from Medieval Latin, literally "with praise," from Latin cum "with" + laude, ablative of laus (genitive laudis) "praise" (see laud). Probably from earlier use (in Latin) at Heidelberg and other German universities.