Honorary Degree Committee

Dear USF Community,

As Chair of the Honorary Degree Committee at the University of San Francisco, I encourage you to take part in the University's longstanding tradition to recognize worthy individuals with the highest academic recognition it can bestow: an Honorary Degree.

For more than a century, the University of San Francisco has conferred honorary degrees on a selective basis to recognize uncommon merit and outstanding personal accomplishment. Recipients have included Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony; Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of Children’s Defense Fund; Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Catholic Women Religious in the United States; His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; Major General Antonio Mario Taguba, (Ret.); Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater; and Maureen Orth, Journalist and Founder, Marina Orth Foundation.

Recipients embody the University's mission and goals. They help fashion a more just and humane world and demonstrate that the common good transcends the interests of particular individuals or groups.

Nominees are evaluated based on fit with the University’s mission and goals, community service, academic excellence, personal and moral integrity, and peer recognition.



All members of the University community are invited to nominate candidates of extraordinary excellence and character. Please refer to the links at the left for nomination criteria and guidelines, the online nomination form, and samples of successful nominations.

Sincerest regards,


Grace Hum
Chair, Honorary Degree Committee

Grace Hum