Honorary Degrees Committee terms of reference

  1. To consider and make recommendations to Senate for inclusion in a 'pool' of candidates for honorary degrees those candidates who meet the established criteria.
    To select from the pool of approved names, the individuals to receive degrees at any particular convocation, and to approach these individuals.
    Note: The name of an individual recommended for an honorary degree is to be removed from the pool if no degree has been awarded to that person within a period of four years.
  2. To consider and make recommendations to Senate for the conferring of the title "Distinguished Professor Emeritus" on those candidates who meet the established criteria. Senate will then forward the recommendation(s) to the Board of Governors for approval.
  3. To consider and make recommendations to Senate for the conferring of the title "Honorary Member of the University" on those candidates who meet the established criteria. Nominations will be forwarded to the Senate Committee from the Honorary Member of the University Committee. The Senate Committee will also be responsible for appointing members to the Honorary Member of the University Committee.

Membership and frequency of meetings:

  • the president of the university, chair
  • the vice-president, academic & provost
  • the vice-president, advancement
  • the associate provost, graduate studies
  • the chair of the Honorary Member of the University Committee
  • one member of Senate from the federated university and affiliated colleges
  • one elected faculty member of Senate from each faculty of the university
  • two members of Senate from the elected undergraduate student members
  • one member of Senate from the elected graduate student members
  • one member of Senate from among the alumni members

The committee will normally meet not more often than four times per year.

Amended by Senate, January 15, 1996
Amended February 22, 2010 (title only)
Amended by Senate, November 19, 2012
Amended by Senate, November 18, 2013
Amended by Senate, February 26, 2018