Honorary Degrees

The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees and Other Forms of Recognition considers recommendations to the Senate of candidates for Honorary Degrees. 

The deadline for nominations for honorary degrees, to be reviewed by the committee at its next meeting, is Friday, September 11, 2020.

Awarding an Honorary Degree is a wonderful way for the university to recognize and honour individuals who have achieved great things and celebrate what we value. In the past, these degrees have been awarded to such honourees as:

  • Kimahli Powell
  • Martine Rothblatt
  • STOLȻEȽ John Edward Elliott
  • Sti’tum’at Ruby Peter
  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock
  • Honourable Judith Guichon
  • Ambassador Nicholas Kuanga

View a full list of recipients.

The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees and Other Forms of Recognition welcomes suggestions of worthy candidates to receive an Honorary Degree. Nominations may be submitted at any time.

If you wish you nominate someone, please send a completed nomination package to the Office of the University Secretary by email, usec2@uvic.ca. If you require further information please contact Ada Saab, Associate University Secretary, at 250-721-8104 or .

Please see the committee's Terms of Reference for the criteria and requirements of an honorary degree nomination package.

Honorary Degree nomination form: Word document  | Download a Fillable PDF