Rancic: Who deserves an honorary degree?

May 9, 2019

The ritual of conferring an honorary degree to acknowledge the accomplishments of public figures is an act that is “inherently political – and not always without controversy,” writes Michael Rancic. The author highlights how post-secondary schools across the country screen nominees for honorary degrees, citing factors such as independent background research and consideration of what the selection of a recipient will ‘signal’ to the community. The article goes on to highlight how institutions have managed controversies following the announcement of honorary degree recipients at institutions such as the University of Alberta (David Suzuki) and Western University (Henry Morgentaler), as well as perspectives on rescinding honorary degrees. University Affairs (National)