Honorary Degree Information

    The University of Dayton recognizes and honors individuals of extraordinary achievement or leadership, distinguished service, or exemplary character by awarding honorary doctorate degrees appropriate to their accomplishments. The University uses such occasions to make a public statement about its mission, aspirations and institutional values.

    The University awards honorary degrees:

    • To acknowledge a selfless spirit of service in an individual who makes significant and tangible contributions to the community, the University of Dayton, the Miami Valley, the Church or the world.
    • To recognize an individual's superior leadership or achievement.
    • To publicly honor an individual of exemplary character who works to promote the common good and human flourishing.


    Recipients of honorary degrees must exemplify the Catholic and Marianist traditions and the values of the University. They also must manifest a significant association with the University or its mission. The University uses the bestowing of honorary degrees to demonstrate and reinforce the importance of taking an active role in community leadership and service.

    Honorary degrees are awarded typically at major university events and ceremonies, including convocations, symposia, public lectures and commencements.

    See past recipients of Honorary Degrees (.pdf)


    Nominations for honorary degrees are accepted and considered twice a year. The nomination deadlines for the Spring and Fall semesters are February 15 and October 15, respectively.

    How do I nominate an Honorary Degree recipient (.pdf)?

    Questions regarding honorary degrees should be directed to the University of Dayton Honorary Degree Committee co-chairs:

    Jack O'Gorman Email Jack O'Gorman >>

    Shauna M. Adams, Ed.D. Email Shauna M. Adams, Ed.D. >>

    Degrees Awarded

    The honorary degrees granted at the University of Dayton include:

    • Doctor of Business Administration
    • Doctor of Divinity
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctor of Engineering
    • Doctor of Fine Arts
    • Doctor of Humane Letters
    • Doctor of Humanities
    • Doctor of Laws
    • Doctor of Letters
    • Doctor of Music
    • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Doctor of Science
    • Doctor of Theology

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