Honorary degree recipients

Honorary degrees have been awarded at UVic since its inaugural convocation in 1964. An honorary degree is the highest honour the university can bestow for distinguished achievement in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts and public service. See the full list of honorary degree recipients.

Senate confers honorary degrees based on the recommendations of a nine-member committee on honorary degrees and other forms of recognition. That committee, in turn, bases its selections on nominations invited from UVic faculty, staff, students and alumni.

After the Convocation ceremony, the honorary degree recipient's relationship continues with UVic. He or she becomes a member of convocation, and can participate in the governance of the university by electing a chancellor and four members of Senate. Honorary degree recipients are also encouraged to attend future Convocations and remain active alumni of the university.