This policy establishes the purpose of honorary degrees and the selection process for degree recipients.
About Honorary Degrees 2020
In 2019 the University awarded over 15 honorary degrees. Honorary graduates are an important part of the Escae tribe and provide the University with an opportunity to recognize the achievements of society’s most outstanding people. They particularly recognize those whose work, or achievements reflect the University’s values of openness to people, places, methods, and ideas, or who promote educational opportunity or social justice. Any current student, alumni, or member of staff can make a nomination for an honorary degree. The Board has approved the award of two types of honorary degree; Doctor of the University (DUniv); awarded to people whose achievements have had an impact nationally or internationally, and who are widely recognized by others working in the same field; and Master of the University (MUniv) for people whose work has been influential at a regional or national level. If your nomination is successful and the award is accepted by your nominee, you will be invited to attend their ceremony. The Ceremonies Centre will contact you with all the information you need regarding this, so make sure you include up-to-date contact details on your nomination form.
Previous honorary graduates
Honorary graduates don’t have to be famous or well-known, in fact over the years, The Escae Benin University has conferred honorary degrees on people from all walks of life, many of whom continue to support the University in a variety of ways.
Make a nomination!
It’s easy to nominate someone for an honorary degree, any member of the University can do it, and there is no limit to the number of nominations you can make. All you need to do is
complete the nomination FORM ONLINE, making sure your email is marked as ‘Strictly confidential’. To give your nomination the best chance of success, we’ve created some Nominations are accepted all year round, but every year there is an annual cut off at the end of October. This is when nominations are collated for consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee.
The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by Escae Benin University to persons of exceptional distinction.
A. The Purposes of Honorary Degrees Awarded by Escae Benin;
- To recognize excellence in the fields of the degrees authorized at Escae Benin University campuses as well as business, philanthropy, public affairs, and public service which exemplify Escae Benin University’s mission.
- To honor meritorious and outstanding service to Escae Benin University, or to humanity at large.
- To recognize those whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of Escae Benin University’s aspirations for its diverse student body.
- To elevate the Escae Benin University in the eyes of the world by honoring individuals who are widely known and highly regarded for achievements in their respective fields of endeavor.
B. The Nature of Honorary Degree
The Board of Trustees shall award all honorary degrees in the name of Escae Benin University. As authorized by law and in accordance with the Rules of the Board of Regents, the Board of Trustees has elected to offer the following registered honorary degrees:
- Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
- Honorary Doctorate of Leadership and Management
- Honorary Doctorate of Transport and Logistics
- Honorary Doctorate of Leadership and Community Development
- Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
- Honorary Doctorate of Education
- Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneurship
- Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
- Honorary Doctorate of Conflict and peace studies
- Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws
- Honorary Doctorate of Music
The specific honorary degree awarded shall be appropriate to the nature of the achievements which are being recognized.
Note: if a candidate has a special requirement for an award different from the areas listed above, it should be stated at the time of nomination.
C. Criteria for Selection of Degree Recipients
- The basis for the selection of a degree recipient shall be consistent with the Purposes of Honorary Degrees stated above.
- The nominee must be distinguished, and the person’s achievements must be both relevant and appropriate to the nominating campus. Eligibility for nomination is restricted to persons of state, national, or international stature.
- The nominee should have a connection with the campus or Escae Benin University as a whole. The nominee may be a graduate of Escae Benin University, may have participated in campus programs, partnered in scholarly or creative activity with its faculty or students, or assisted the campus with programmatic development. Furthermore, the connection may be established through national or international prominence in a particular discipline in which the campus has a program. Alternatively, the candidate may have achieved national or international prominence in their field.
- Substantive service to Escae Benin University or the particular campus is not sufficient justification for an honorary degree if the individual does not meet the other criteria for honorary degrees. Under those circumstances, a campus award is recommended
D. Time, Place and Method of Awarding Degree
- Honorary degrees shall be conferred at University ceremonies authorized by the Board of Trustees, including commencement exercises. The presentation of honorary degrees may also be permitted outside the normal procedures in unusual circumstances, such as to recognize visiting dignitaries and, in other special cases, as recommended to the Board by the Vice-chancellor.
- Honorary degrees may be awarded in absentia, but only upon recommendation to the Board by the Vice-chancellor in the case of extraordinary and compelling circumstances. In the event of unexpected inability to appear at the scheduled time, the conferral may be postponed to the next appropriate ceremony, provided that the degree is conferred within one year after being authorized. A degree may be awarded posthumously if a recipient dies after notification of selection but before the ceremony.
- Honorary degrees shall be bestowed by the Vice-chancellor, by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, or by an individual Trustee selected by the Chairman or, in their absence, on behalf of the Board of Trustees by the president if the ceremony is conducted on campus. If no Trustee is available, and the campus president desires an Escae Benin University Central Administration representative, the president should contact the Vice-chancellor.
- Campuses must use the existing University-wide format for the Honorary Degree diploma.
E. Number of Degrees to be Awarded
The Board of Trustees shall determine the number of honorary degrees to be awarded in any academic year. Subject to this authority, the Vice-chancellor may issue additional guidelines on numbers of degrees to be awarded.
F. Number of Nominations
Nominations should be limited to those who would be certain to enhance the prestige of Escae Benin University. In no case shall a campus, or entity identified in section H1 below, submit more than five nominations, nor be granted authority to award more than four in any
G. Limitations on Eligibility
- Except under unique and unusual circumstances, honorary degrees shall not be awarded to:
a. Members of the Escae Benin University Board of Trustees, the councils at the operated campuses.
b. Members of the teaching or administrative staff or any other employee in the Escae Benin University system while employed by Escae Benin University.
- Since honorary degrees are conferred by the Escae Benin University Board of Trustees and not individual campuses, no one already holding an honorary degree from Escae Benin University shall be eligible to receive a second honorary degree.
H. Procedures for Selection of Degree Recipients
- All Escae Benin University campuses, the University Faculty Board, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, the Vice-chancellor, the Escae Benin University Board of Trustees and its individual Trustees are eligible to submit honorary degree nominations in response to an annual call for nominations issued by the Registrar on behalf of the Vice-chancellor.
- Coordination of the selection and nomination process for submissions by campuses is the responsibility of the campus president who shall impanel an advisory committee and review thoroughly that committee’s recommendations. Throughout the procedure, the utmost care should be taken to ensure confidentiality. To verify the qualifications of nominees, campus nominating committees should consult confidentially with appropriate academic departments for review of proposed candidates. Campus nominations for degree recipients shall be encouraged by any member of the campus community, including students, faculty, administrative staff, Escae Benin University alumni, members of Councils, Trustees, and friends of Escae Benin University. Campus presidents shall impanel either a local, advisory, or honorary degree committee which includes representatives from faculty and staff, and which may also include representatives from other constituencies such as college councils and the community, including alumni and foundation board members. Small enough to ensure confidentiality, the committee shall have the responsibility of recommending nominees to the president. The president shall review the campus committee’s recommendations, ensure that a rigorous review of the qualifications of nominees has been conducted, and be responsible for recommending nominees to the Vice-chancellor. The president shall make the final selection and forward the name(s) to the Vice-chancellor for consideration.
- Nominations from the University Faculty Board and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges should be made directly to the Vice-chancellor by each entity’s respective president or chair with the same supporting statement and documentation as set forth in item H (2) above. The Board of Trustees, or any of its individual Trustees, may submit nominations, together with the supporting statement and documentation set forth in item H (2) above to the University-Wide Honorary Degree Committee for consideration. The Registrar shall serve as Chair of the University-wide Honorary Degree Committee.
- The Vice-chancellor shall submit all nominations, including those originating from her/him, to the University-wide Honorary Degree Committee by the deadline established by Chair of the Committee. In certain circumstances, the Vice-chancellor may forward nominations or make recommendations on campus and other submitted candidates directly to the Board of Trustees. If multiple campuses submit the same nominee, the Vice-chancellor may designate the campus for which the award will be considered.
- The Registrar will forward the list of nominees approved by the University-wide Committee to the Vice-chancellor.
- The Vice-chancellor shall submit the list of qualified nominees, with appropriate recommendations, to the Board of Trustees which shall confidentially discuss the Committee’s recommendations and then approve affirmed candidates via a formal resolution. This approval of affirmed candidates by the Board of Trustees authorizes
the issuance of invitations to candidates to receive the honorary degree. The Vice-chancellor will conduct a final review of all nominees who accepted campus invitations to ensure that there is no new information publicly available that would disqualify the candidate for the award under this policy. If the Vice-chancellor determines that the nominee is not qualified to receive the award, the Vice-chancellor shall transmit his/her recommendation to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
- The Registrar shall notify campus presidents regarding the Board’s selection of degree recipients. Upon notice of the Board’s approval to proceed, presidents shall issue invitations to nominees directly, on Escae Benin University’s behalf. Copies of these invitations must be provided to the Vice-chancellor and the Registrar.
- Nominees’ responses to campus Presidents must be forwarded to the Registrar in a timely manner so that the Vice-chancellor can conduct the final review described above. The final approval will be communicated to the nominating entity by the Registrar.
- The announcement or promotion of nominees is prohibited until final approval has been communicated. The Board requires that confidentiality be maintained throughout the procedure as a matter of professional courtesy to candidates.
I. Revocation of Degrees
The authority to revoke a previously awarded honorary degree rests with the ESCAE BENIN UNIVERSITY’S Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees may revoke an honorary degree if, in its judgment, the recipient of the degree has engaged in conduct that 1) is inconsistent with ESCAE BENIN university’s mission and/or values; 2) undermines the accomplishments that were cited as the basis for awarding the honorary degree; or 3) is injurious to the reputation of ESCAE BENIN UNIVERSITY’S or any of its constituent campuses. The Board of Trustees’ revocation of an honorary degree must be supported by the Vice chancellor’s recommendation, made after an evaluation of the necessity for such action using the same procedures followed for the selection and nomination of that honorary degree recipient.
Each year the System Registrar prepares a nomination form that must accompany all nominations. A sample, from the 2018-19 academic year, is provided here by way of example.
Honorary Degrees Committee,