USF Honorary Degrees

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Honorary Degrees at USF

Dear USF Community,                                                                                                     HD Chair Violet Cheung

As Chair of the Honorary Degree Committee at the University of San Francisco,  I encourage you to take part in the longstanding tradition the University has of recognizing worthy individuals with the highest academic recognition the University can bestow.

For more than a century, the University of San Francisco has conferred honorary degrees on a selective basis to recognize uncommon merit and outstanding personal accomplishment. Recipients have included: the Buddhist Monks of Burma; Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony; Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of Children’s Defense Fund; Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Mary McAleese, President of Ireland; Catholic Women Religious in the United States; His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; and Major General Antonio Mario Taguba, (Ret.).

Recipients embody the University's mission and goals. They help fashion a more just and humane world and demonstrate that the common good transcends the interests of particular individuals or groups.

Nominees are evaluated on fit with the University’s mission and goals, community service, academic excellence, personal and moral integrity and peer recognition.

All members of the University community are invited to nominate candidates of extraordinary excellence and character for consideration. Please refer to the links at the left for nomination criteria and guidelines, the online nomination form and samples of successful nominations.

Sincerest regards,

Violet Cheung