An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa (Latin: “for the sake of the honor”) is an academic degree for which anInstitute’s (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, study and the passing of examinations. The degree is typically a Doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s and bachelor’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution. The degree is often conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general.
An honorary degree is entirely legitimate, and the title conferred may be used like any other. The degree is awarded to those who have demonstrated aHonorisCausa, or cause to be honored. This program is offered only to a select group of accomplished individuals such as yourself. As a professional, a degree or additional degree will allow you to make a greater impact. The expedient way of showing the world your knowledge, abilities, experience and talents is with your degree and use of your titles.The degree is not recognized by employers as having the same stature as a corresponding earned degree and should not be represented as such. It is sometimes recommended that such degrees be listed in one’s CV as an award and not in their education section.
What is an Honorary Doctorate Degree?
An honorary Doctorate 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.
The awarding of an honorary Doctorate is an expression of the Institute’s appreciation of outstanding contributions in one or more of the Institute’s areas of academic activity.
Who can become an honorary Doctorate?
The proposed person should be more than 7 years’ experience in his/her respective nature of work, or he/she should be top level positioned or celebrity or have contributed to the social responsibility in some way. Honorary Doctorates may not be awarded in return for financial contributions in the form of grants, donations and the like. An honorary Doctorate is often a researcher or experienced or activist who have established ties with the organizations through their own activities, but other persons who have not obtained a Doctorate can also be appointed honorary Doctorates.
A person who has already been awarded a PhD in any part of the world within a certain academic area may not be awarded an honorary Doctorate in the same area. It is, however, quite possible to appoint a Doctorate of Philosophy, for example, to an honorary Doctorate of Laws and vice versa. It is not usual that someone be appointed an honorary Doctorate at the same Institute’s that he or she graduated from.
The proposed person should not already possess an honorary Doctorate with the same designation from any other university or higher education institution. However, a person may be an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy at one university and honorary Doctorate of Medicine at another.
In the case of foreign nationals with a foreign degree, there is no obstacle to giving honorary Doctorates in the same area as the foreign degree. Such a person cannot become an honorary Doctorate in the same area at two universities.
Self-nomination and nomination by a third party
We allow candidates to apply for consideration for the degree. Send along a Resume or brief autobiographical profile. Tell us about yourself, your education, your abilities, talents, accomplishments, etc. You may choose to send copies of that which you have written or that which was written about you. (Any documents, photos, videos, papers, objects, etc., that are sent cannot be returned. Don’t send originals.)
You can also recommend others for a degree (nomination by a third party). Send along a Resume or brief autobiographical profile of the person whom you nominate.