USF Honorary Degrees

Graduation Cover

Presented certificate
degree presentation
graduates march
processional flags
degree presentation 2
graduates in regalia
graduation platform party
Wiser presented degree
Student in Church
Sr. deBack and Students
Sr. Hughes and Students
Fr. Nebres
Clarence Jones
Naomi Remen Citation
Mario Joseph
Jetsun Pema
Bishop Blaire
Gary White
Rabbi Pearce
Margaret Trost
Barbara Garcia
Martha Ryan
Eileen Purcell

Nomination Criteria & Guidelines

Any member of the University of San Francisco community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and advisory board members, is eligible to submit a nomination for an honorary degree. Nominations are accepted year-round.

1)  A candidate for an honorary degree must have demonstrated personal and professional qualities that are consistent with the mission and goals of the University of San Francisco. They must exhibit academic excellence, community service and high moral integrity.

2)  A candidate for an honorary degree must have achieved outstanding success in his/her field. Such success shall be judged by the recognition that his/her peers accord to the candidate's contributions to letters, art, law, music, education, science, philosophy, theology or other fields of learning or endeavor.

3) In recognition of the University of San Francisco’s commitment to socio-economic, national, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation and cultural diversity, the Honorary Degree Committee is committed to awarding honorary degrees to individuals who reflect the vibrant diversity of the University community,  the broader society and the global community we serve.

4)  Employees or trustees in the active service of the University of San Francisco shall ordinarily not be nominated for honorary degrees during the term of their active relationship with the University.