Guideline 6-14: Awarding Honorary Degrees

Qualifications of Honorary Degree Candidates

Individuals may be nominated for an honorary degree for:

  1. enduring, outstanding service to the College or one or more of its constituent communities, or  
  2. superlative professional achievement in disciplines or fields served by the College’s educational programs.

The awarding of an honorary degree is limited by the following:

  • An individual may only be awarded one honorary degree by the College.
  • Honorary degree recipients must attend the commencement ceremony during which the degree will be awarded except with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Current students and employees are ineligible to receive an honorary degree.  Former students and employees may be considered after they have been separated from the College for at least two years. 
  • Current members of the College Board of Trustees or the San Jacinto College Foundation Board are ineligible to receive an honorary degree.  Former trustees and Foundation Board members may be considered after they have been separated from the College for at least five years.
  • Current or prospective benefactors or individuals with political, legal, or budgetary authority over San Jacinto College or the San Jacinto College Foundation are ineligible to receive an honorary degree.  Monetary contributions to or fundraising efforts on behalf of the College or Foundation may not be considered when determining the merit of an individual’s service or achievement.

Awarding of Honorary Degrees

Honorary degrees will be approved by the Board of Trustees and bestowed at a spring campus commencement ceremony.  The campus location will be decided by the Board of Trustees. 

Recipients will be awarded an honorary degree according to the criteria by which they were nominated and approved.

  1. Individuals being honored for enduring, outstanding service to the college or its constituent communities will receive an Honorary Associate Degree of Humane Letters.
  2. Individuals being honored for superlative professional achievement in a discipline or field served by the College’s educational programs will be awarded an honorary degree appropriate for the discipline or field.  For example, achievement in a field served by a technical program at the college will be recognized with an honorary Associate of Applied Science degree; achievement in liberal or fine arts will be recognized with an honorary Associate of Arts degree; achievement in math, science or engineering will be recognized with an honorary Associate of Science degree.

All honorary degrees will be clearly designated and marked as honorary.

 

Guideline #:

6-14

Guideline Name:

Guideline on Awarding Honorary Degrees

Pages:

2

Adopted Date:

April 2, 2012

Revision/Reviewed Date:

April 2, 2012

Effective Date:

April 2, 2012

Associated Policy:

Policy VI-JJ