Honorary Degree Nominations

Victoria University Honorary Degrees 

The Executive Committee of Senate will meet to review nominations in January for Honorary Degrees to be awarded in 2017. The deadline to submit nominations for worthy candidates is January 6, 2017 (now extended to April 21, 2017).

Victoria University awards honorary degrees to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of graduates of Victoria College and Emmanuel College and to honour the exemplary lives of others who have made extraordinary contributions to society. The high regard accorded those on whom this honor is conferred should be such that, in the awarding of the honorary degree to them, distinction is also brought to Victoria University.

The Committee considers candidates whose accomplishments fall within a wide range of categories. As a university, we wish to honour scholarly excellence and outstanding contributions to education, including unusually meritorious service to the university.

The degree of Doctor of Divinity may be conferred upon persons who have made a significant contribution to the Church or to its mission; the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters may be conferred upon persons who have made a significant contribution to the study of theology or religion. Members of the Order of Ministry and laity are eligible for consideration for either degree. The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters may be conferred upon persons whose exemplary contributions to society exhibit the values that Victoria University seeks to cultivate in its members.

Honorary degrees are normally conferred either in May at the Victoria University Convocation at which Emmanuel College students receive their degrees, or in October at the annual Victoria University Charter Day Convocation at which Victoria College students receive their scholarships and prizes.

Honorary graduands may be Canadian or non-Canadian. They must, however, attend Convocation for the conferring of their degree. The Committee does not consider nominees who are currently active in political life, or current members of Victoria University or the University of Toronto, or of the governing bodies of these institutions.

Honorary Degree Nomination Form (pdf)

Inquiries:  email vicu.senate@utoronto.ca

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