Honorary Degrees

The conferring of Honorary Degrees at Queen's is a collaborative and community-based activity.  Anyone - faculty, students, alumni and community members -  can nominate a deserving individual for this honour.  The process is rewarding and support is available from the University Secretariat if you have any questions. 

This article in the Queen's Gazette highlights the benefits of nominating a candidate and the rich experience of celebrating a successful nomination.  Nominators of successful recipients play a role throughout the process, joining the recipient at the Convocation ceremony and at other events that day.  It can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. 

Please follow the links below for further details on the various aspects of the Honorary Degree process. 

Specific information, such as deadlines and contacts, can be found on the Nomination Form page.



Duncan Campbell Scott Honorary Degree Subcommittee

According to the terms of the Policy on Revocation of or Special Statements Concerning an Honorary Degree, a subcommittee was struck to review the honorary degree granted to Duncan Campbell Scott in 1939. On April 18, 2023, the Queen's Senate accepted the recommendation of the subcommittee to issue a Special Statement. Further details, and the text of the statement, can be found on the Subcommittee's information page.



Dean of Law, Bill Flanagan, with Honorary Degree recipient Douglas Cardinal

The former Dean of Law, Bill Flanagan, with Honorary Degree recipient Douglas Cardinal at Convocation. 


For a complete listing of past recipients, please visit the Office of the University Registrar