Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Policy on Granting Honorary Degrees

Recommended by the Academic Affairs UPC- February 2004 Approved by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees March 5, 2004

Loyola University Chicago, as a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education, regularly honors men and women who exemplify its ideals and traditions through the awarding of  honorary degrees. The Honorary Degree Committee of the university is appointed by the president and serves as a clearing house for honorary degree candidates recommended by the university community. The committee operates under the following parameters:

1. Recommendations for honorary degree recipients are advanced to the committee by nominations. Nominations may come from the Faculty Council, the Council of Deans, the colleges or schools, academic or administrative departments or individual Loyolans, including faculty, staff, students and trustees.

2. The Honorary Degree Committee meets (generally about three times per year) to consider recommendations based on the candidate's:

  • Contributions and role in the advancement of knowledge, the arts, the professions, etc.
  • Work advancing the university's promise of "preparing people to lead extraordinary lives" – usually exemplified by outstanding service, achievement, and/or leadership
  • Overall example to others (and especially students) as a model of  achievement and commitment to the common good
  • Commitment to the values and ideals of our University's Catholic Jesuit heritage

3. The Honorary Degree Committee makes its recommendations to the President of the University.

4. The President makes the final recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who approve the candidates for the degrees.

5. Degrees are awarded at University Commencement ceremonies and conferred by the  President. The President, however, can approve of an awarding of a degree  outside a commencement ceremony under special circumstances.

6. Unless previously approved by the President, degrees are not awarded in absentia or posthumously.