Granting Honorary Degrees

Academic Programs and Faculty

80.03     Granting Honorary Degrees                                                                           Issued: August 16, 2001


1.     Governing Policy

         System Policy 11.07 sets forth the purpose, criteria, limitations on eligibility, and procedures
         established by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, which the University
         must adhere to in granting honorary degrees.

2.      Nominations and Approvals

         2.1    Nominations and justifications for honorary degrees will be submitted to the Director of
                  Development for review. The Director of Development will verify that the dossiers for nominees
                  are complete and accurate.

         2.2    Complete nomination packages will be submitted to the Provost and Vice President for
                  Academic Affairs for review and action by the selection committee. Annually, a maximum
                  of two nominees may be submitted for each category (i.e. public affairs, the sciences,
                  humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social
                  services).

         2.3    Upon approval by the selection committee, nominations are submitted to the President for
                  final review and approval. Nominations must be submitted to the President four months prior
                  to the date being proposed for award of the degree.

         2.4    Upon approval by the President, nominations are submitted to the Chancellor and Board of
                  Regents for approval and authorization to award honorary degree.

3.      Selection Committee

         The selection committee for granting honorary degrees is appointed by the President and will consist
         of the following representation:

         a.   Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chair)
         
b.   One Dean
       
 c.   One Associate Professor (selected for a two year appointment, with a rotation of college or
              school being represented)
       
 d.   One Full Professor (selected for a two year appointment, with a rotation of college or school
              being represented)
        
e.  President of Faculty Senate
        
f.   One representative from Student Affairs professional staff
        
g.  Vice President for Research and Development

3.    Confidentiality

       Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the process until the awarding of the degree.

Contact: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


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