Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Fall University Commencement and convocation events in virtual, online ceremonies. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students on Monday, December 14. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page

Honorary Degrees

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History of Honorary Degrees

Harvard was the first university to confer honorary degrees in 1692. Since then it has become a recognized function of degree granting institutions. Honorary degrees are an opportunity for universities to single out people who have made contributions to society. At ASU, honorary degree recipients are nominated by faculty members. The Academic Affairs Honorary Degrees Committee reviews faculty nominations for the honorary degree. It then recommends candidates to the president. The committee is appointed by and responsible to the president.

Past Degree Recipients

View past ASU honorary degree recipients.