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Honorary Degrees

Criteria & Guidelines for Nominating a Candidate for an Honorary Doctoral Degree


Becker College awards honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who merit our highest recognition by attaining achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction and demonstrating personal and professional qualities that are consistent with the mission and values of Becker College: outstanding humanitarian or public service in the global arena, in our nation, or in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; exceptional contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; creativity and innovation in any field that has enriched lives; and support of our College.

Who May Nominate:

Any member of the Becker College community, including faculty, staff, trustees, corporators, students in good standing, and alumni, may nominate individuals for consideration for an honorary degree.


Employees or trustees in the active service of Becker College shall ordinarily not be nominated for honorary degrees during the term of their active relationship with the College except under rare and special circumstances (e.g., terminal illness). These persons become eligible two years after termination of active status.  Awards are not conferred in absentia, except when awarded posthumously.

Typically honorary degrees will not be awarded to active politicians engaged in political campaigns for office in an election year. In unusual circumstances, however, and when warranted and consistent with Becker College’s educational mission and purposes, an exception to this policy may be made with the approval of the president and the Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving all honorary degrees to be conferred by the College. At its October meeting, the Board will make its selections of honorary degree recipients from nominations formally submitted to the president. To receive full consideration, all nominations must be made formally through the President’s Office by May 1, 2017 for awarding of the degree at the May 2018 commencement. A maximum of three awards is authorized (two if the Commencement speaker is included).


Submit nomination by December 1, 2017 for consideration for 2018 commencement.

Submit nomination forms and all supporting material to:

Becker College
President’s Office
61 Sever Street
Worcester MA 01609-2195

To nominate a candidate, please use visit the nomination page.