The tradition of awarding honorary degrees at ǿմý began in 1994. Honorary degrees are the most significant recognition conferred by the university and recipients are selected by a panel that includes membersof the board of trustees, the university President, and the institution's faculty.The awarding of an honorary degree marks the recipent as an individual who haspioneered achievement in a field or has conspicuously contributed to the common good.

Honorary degree recipients serve as examples to our graduates, encouraging them to aspire to excellence and to value the particular traits of academic or cultural achievementthat they embody.