The Honorary doctorate degree is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement.
The Senate, the university's academic governing body, chooses recipients after a very careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.
The selection process begins with the nomination - and anyone can nominate or be nominated for an honorary doctorate.
A professor emeritus is a retired member of the faculty who has served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member and held the rank of professor upon retirement.
Candidates for the rank of professor emeritus are nominated by their academic units and, as with candidates for honorary degrees, the nominations are then reviewed by the Senate’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Ceremonial.
The prime criterion for nomination is a sustained and superlative record as a scholar, as a teacher, or as an academic administrator or any combination of these.
Having reviewed the nominations, the committee forwards them to Senate, which recommends them to the Board of Regents.