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  • Policy Title: Honorary Degree
  • Policy Number: ESU-PO-2011-009
  • Effective Date: June, 1992
  • Adopted Date: April 8, 2013
  • Last Reviewed: April 8, 2013
  • Amended: N/A
  • Related Policies: None

Policy Statement:

The awarding of honorary degrees at East Stroudsburg University will be consistent with policies and procedures established by the Board of Governors and subject to the regulations of the State Board of Education or administrative code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Honorary degree designations are limited to degrees not given in course as earned degrees by any institution of postsecondary education authorized by the Commonwealth to grant such degrees, and may include but are not limited to the following:

Litt.D. Doctor of Letters (litterarum doctor, honoris causa)
L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters (litterarum humaniorum doctor, honoris causa)
LL.D. Doctor of Laws (legum doctor, honoris causa)
Sc.D. Doctor of Science (scientia doctor, honoris causa)
D.P.S. Doctor of Public Service (doctor beneficiorum publicorum, honoris causa)
Ped.D. Doctor of Pedagogy (doctor institutionis, honoris causa)

Normally, no more than two honorary degrees may be awarded in any calendar year.

Honorary degrees shall not be awarded to active commonwealth employees, elected officials, current Council of Trustees members, University administrators or faculty members except in extraordinary cases meriting special consideration.

Honorary degrees should not be awarded to former trustees, University administrators or faculty members until at least one year after association with the institution has elapsed.

Criteria for Awarding Honorary Degree

The honorary degree is an academic degree conferred to honor the recipient for distinguished service or individual accomplishment, inside or outside the academy, in scientific, social, artistic, business, public, or other appropriate sphere.

It is a way of honoring an outstanding citizen’s or distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific field, to the university community, or to society in general.

Reason For Policy:

East Stroudsburg University is privileged to award honorary degrees to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and well-being of the community at large.

The recipient shall exemplify the quality of character and accomplishment representative of the high ideals and values of East Stroudsburg University.

Appeal Statement:



Honorary degree: An honorary degree is an academic degree for which the university has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residency, study, and the passing of examinations, to honor the recipient for distinguished service or notable accomplishment.

The degree is typically a doctorate, or less commonly, a master's degree.

Other Relevant Information:

Honorary Degree Procedures