An honorary doctoral degree is often awarded in recognition of one’s life experiences. It is denoted by the letters “h.c.”, which is an abbreviation for “honoris causa” (Latin for “for the sake of honor”). This means that the degree is bestowed as an honor rather than through the completion of certain academic requirements. Those who are honored with this title often do not have any prior connection to the award-giving institution.
Honorary doctorates are often awarded by prestigious universities. They are often given to those who have either made contributions to a certain field.
The awarding of an honorary doctorate is an expression of the University’s appreciation of outstanding contributions in one or more of the University’s areas of academic activity.
1) Honorary Awards are awarded by the University for the purposes of: a. formally and publicly recognising the exceptional or distinguished contribution of an individual to the University, the broader society or a field of academic endeavor; b. enhancing the standing and reputation of the University; and c. expanding or building on existing relationships.
2) Honorary Awards are prestigious honours, intended to recognise substantial achievements or contributions by individuals.
3) Honorary Awards are approved by Council following a rigorous selection process, using specified criteria and the application of due diligence processes (including risk assessment processes) designed to protect both the recipient and the University.
4) To preserve their prestige, consistent with Values, an Honorary Award will only be made to persons of appropriate standing. There is therefore no expectation or requirement on Council o as appropriate to make an award in any category in any year.
5) To protect the integrity of the awards and the reputation of the University, Council may, at its sole discretion, revoke an Honorary Award if in its view a recipient’s continued association with the University would bring the University into disrepute.
6)Nominations must at all stages be treated confidentially. A nominee must not be advised of or consulted about their nomination at any stage
The awarding of an honorary degree is an important symbol in the life of the University. An honorary degree recognizes uncommonly meritorious accomplishments and activity, both in the academic arena and in broader areas of benefit to society, that reflect the values esteemed by a great university. Honorary degrees are conferred on those whose achievements are of such excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.
In choosing recipients for this honor the University is also guided by the principle that in honoring individuals for their contributions, the University is also honoring itself by its association with people of such special merit.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The following specific criteria are used by the Honorary Degrees Committee in its consideration of candidates. The Committee’s goal each year is to present a slate of recipients across a range of academic disciplines and non academic areas of achievement. Honorary degree recipients, when possible, will be chosen to match the purposes of the Convocation at which the degree is to be granted. Those in category (a). will predominate if possible; those in categories (b) and (c) will normally number less than half of the recipients in category (a), unless the Convocation is being called for a special reason]
a. The University normally will give preference to honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the sciences, humanities and professions in which the University itself is active.
b. Recognition will be given to those whose exceptional accomplishments have contributed to enhancing culture and society in Canada or elsewhere in the world.
c. The University on occasion will honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of the University or the region or have achieved international standards of excellence.
a. Nominations: At least once annually, a call for nominations will be broadcast widely by the University Secretariat to the university community, using the traditional outlets and any additional avenues suggested by members of the Honorary Degrees Committee. Nominations may be submitted at any time to the University Secretary using the form
b. Maintenance of Lists: The initial screening of the nomination will be made by the Senate Secretariat to ensure that the nomination adheres to these guidelines. Names will be added to the list for a period of three years from the date of nomination, at which time, if the nominee has not been selected, the name will be deleted. If the person is re nominated, and if the nomination is still valid according to these guidelines, the name will again be added to the list for an additional three year period.
c.When Authorized organizations conduct event, Convocation Ceremony fees will be below 250 USD as per doctorate category. The university administration will not be liable for any excess fees charged
d. From the active list of nominations, the Honorary Degrees Committee will select prospective degree recipients as required in the annual convocation cycles. Once a prospective degree recipient has been identified and agreed upon by the Committee, two members of the committee will be assigned to the nomination file in order to execute due diligence, based on publicly available information, to ensure that the nomination conforms fully to the selection principles and criteria.
d. Nominators will be invited to participate in the conferral of the degree as hooders , presenters or hosts, where and when possible, on the basis of their relevant relationship to the field of accomplishment of the nominee. Selection of these invitees will be determined by a group comprising the President, Director of Convocation, Provost and Secretary of Senate.
FORMAT OF NOMINATIONS
This nomination must be written under Freedom of Information guidelines. Please try and restrict your information to what is available in the public domain. Where it is necessary to include private information this must be clearly marked as such, i.e. “Information not in the public domain”.
Nominations should be submitted on the forms provided by the Secretary to the Committee (please note that a nomination not submitted in this format is difficult to assess and the nomination is thus likely to be undermined):
(a) a completed nomination form (copy attached);
(b) (i) a supporting submission on the form provided (copy attached) which contains an introductory statement setting forth the principal grounds for the distinction;
(ii) a brief chronological, narrative account of the nominee’s life and work;
(iii) an outline of the nominee’s most significant academic or other achievements;
(iv) an assessment of his/her standing on a basis of international comparison or in the life of the nation;
(v) Edinburgh connection or link (please provide evidence of what benefit has been received within the University or the City), or if none any tangible association
(vi) any other information the proposer would wish to bring to the attention of the Committee.
(c) nominations should be accompanied by details of the nominees’ published works in an Appendix.
HONORARY DEGREES COMMITTEE
The Honorary Degrees Committee is appointed annually by Senatus and consists of the Principal and such other members of Senatus as determined from time to time by Senatus. The duty of the Committee is to select persons to be recommended to Senatus for the conferment of Honorary Degrees.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO SENATUS
( 1 ) The Honorary Degrees Committee shall submit a Motion for the award of Honorary Degrees in the form of a written report which shall be made available to members of Senatus at least two days before the Ordinary Meeting at which it is to be presented.
( 2 ) The names of those recommended for Honorary Degrees are confidential until approved by Senatus and offers have been accepted by candidates.
DOCUMENT CHECKLIST ( Common for Honorary Doctorate & Honorary Awards )
Nominations submitted without the following documents will be returned to the Nominator:
• A letter from the Nominator describing reasons for nominating the Nominee, including contributions or special accomplishments of the Nominee, and any other information which the Nominator feels may be pertinent to the nomination.
• Letters of Support (no more than three).
• Nominee’s abridged curriculum vitae containing details such as education, field of endeavour a short description of publications (if any), specials awards, and distinguished service.
• A short biographical summary (maximum 200 words), which will form the basis of the citation at convocation should the Nominee be chosen as an honorary degree recipient.
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