The honorary doctorate degree is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to the university, society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement.
The awarding of honorary doctorates, an important feature of Memorial’s convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire our graduates, their families and guests.
The Senate, the university's academic governing body, chooses recipients after a careful examination of the grounds for their nomination. Anyone can nominate or be nominated for an honorary doctorate. The nomination form can be found here.
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 the nominations are reviewed by the Senate’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Ceremonial.
The prime criteria for nomination is a sustained and superlative record as a scholar, as a teacher, or as an academic administrator or any combination of these. Professores emeriti as presented at fall convocation each year.