The Honorary Degrees Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Senate of St Stephen’s College. The purpose of the Honorary Degree is to:
- Honour persons who have made exceptional contributions to the church ‘Doctor of Divinity’, defining the church very broadly, or
- Honour persons who have made great contributions to the community which are in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the College, or
- Honour persons whose character is deemed worthy of identification with the College who will add stature to the College ‘Doctor of Sacred Letters’.
Effort is to be made to identify such persons by advertizing and invitation of nominations, as well as by suggestion directly from the Honorary Degrees Committee. In either case, nominations need to come from persons not on the Committee. A letter of nomination shall be accompanied by brief curriculum vitae, a description of the services for which they might be honoured, and at least two letters of support. Special effort should be made to identify those persons whose service is not necessarily publicly visible.
All correspondence from nominators and referees shall be addressed to the Dean, marked confidential, and opened only by the Dean once they are collected at the College. Nominations and references (letters of endorsement) may be received electronically.