Honorary Degrees

An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, study, and the passing of examinations. The degree is typically a doctorate and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution.

UPEI honorary degrees are intended to recognize outstanding provincial, national, and international contributions in any field(s) of endeavour. Whether these are made by Prince Edward Islanders, or by individuals with strong PEI connections, their contributions should reflect extraordinary intellectual or artistic achievements or significant service to society at a standard of excellence that merits the University's highest honour.

At UPEI, two honorary degrees are conferred at each the morning and afternoon Convocations in May. One of the honorary degree recipients at each Convocation ceremony usually addresses the graduates. Honorary degrees may also be conferred at Special Convocations.

The tradition of granting honorary degrees at UPEI dates back to the Convocation of one of our predecessor institutions, St. Dunstan’s University, in 1960.

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