III-3.00-POLICY ON AWARDING OF HONORARY DEGREES
(Approved by the Board of Regents, November 30, 1989; Amended
July 13, 2001)
1. Each institution is authorized to grant honorary degrees
with approval by the Board of Regents.
2. Each year the Chancellor shall solicit nominations from
institutions with a deadline for receipt of the materials at the
end of the fall semester. The Committee on Education Policy will
review all nominations and make recommendations to the full
Board. Full Board action will occur during the February meeting.
3. In accordance with standard practice at American
institutions of higher learning, care should be taken to ensure
strict confidentiality at all stages of the honorary degree
process. In particular, there should be no communication with
prospective degree recipients regarding a likely degree until
after the Board of Regents has approved the award. After
approval, presidents may begin to arrange for the awarding of the
degree. Approvals shall remain confidential until the candidate
is notified of his/her selection. Degrees may be conferred at
any time within five years of approval, unless withdrawn by the
Board of Regents for cause.
4. Each institution shall establish procedures for recommending
candidates for these degrees. Procedures shall, in all cases,
include, at a minimum, a means for soliciting nominations from
schools, departments, and individual faculty members and shall
describe the review process and the role of the faculty in the
process. Procedures shall be on file in the Chancellor's Office.
5. Prospective recipients of honorary degrees shall be:
a. individuals who have made exceptional contributions in
intellectual, scholarly, or creative areas; or
b. individuals who have risen to a position of eminence in
their chosen field or who have acquired a national or
international reputation in a selected field or
c. individuals who have compiled a record of distinguished
6. Normally, honorary degrees may not be conferred on currently
serving faculty, staff, members of the Board of Regents, or
current holders of political office in Maryland. Exceptions
for compelling reasons can be made only by two-thirds
majority vote of the Board of Regents.
7. The president of an institution that wishes to award an
honorary degree shall submit a recommendation to the
Chancellor. The written recommendation shall include the
a. type of honorary degree to be awarded (e.g., Doctor of
Humane Letters, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Public Service, Doctor
b. biographical sketch of the proposed recipients;
c. justification for awarding the degree; and
d. probable date of award.
8. The Chancellor shall submit the request to the Board for
consideration and shall inform the president of the
institution of the Board's decision.
9. The president shall report to the Chancellor in a timely
fashion all honorary degrees awarded.
Replacement for: BOT XI-L