University Resources, Operations and Policies

Honorary Degree Policy

Policy Statement                                                               

Adelphi University (“the University”) awards honorary degrees on a selective basis to distinguished individuals (“Candidates”) who merit special recognition for outstanding achievement or leadership in a field or activity consistent with the ideals and purposes of the University. This policy sets forth the following standards and procedures for granting honorary degrees.  

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Reason for Policy

The awarding of honorary degrees is the academic distinction conferred by the University to recognize individuals of striking accomplishment in their chosen fields of endeavor whose life’s work embodies the values and aspirations of the University. In honoring such individuals, we further our mission, bring distinction to the University, and give homage to those who have advanced the possibilities of humankind. The University is further enriched by the long-term relationships that may be developed with our accomplished honorees as they become part of the University community.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

This policy applies to all members of the University Community involved in the nomination or selection of Candidates for honorary degrees including the Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Staff.


Policy Owner

Name: Provost and Executive Vice President
Office: Office of the Provost
Phone Number: 516.877.3167

Secondary Contact                                                                        

Christopher Storm

Document History                                                      

  • Last Reviewed Date: February 15, 2018
  • Last Revised Date: February 15, 2018
  • Policy Origination Date: February 15, 2018

Who Approved This Policy


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