In response to the evolving nature of COVID-19, and provincial directives regarding events and mass gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person Spring 2020 Graduation ceremonies until it is safe to bring our communities together again. We will also hold a virtual graduation ceremony online. Planning for both the traditional and virtual ceremonies is underway; we will provide updates on this website as details, format, date and time, are confirmed.
Honorary degrees are conferred on deserving individuals who have made substantial contributions to society, such as:
Leading academics in all disciplines and creative minds in arts and performance;
Public intellectuals and opinion makers;
Visionary leaders and exemplary public figures;
Community builders and philanthropists.
Honorary degrees are conferred honoris causa, “for the sake of honour,” and are awarded as one of three types: Doctor of Laws, honoris causa; Doctor of Letters, honoris causa; and Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Learn more about the nomination process and criteria from the UBC Senate