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.

Honorary degrees are typically conferred at the Convocation ceremonies in May. Honorary degrees may also be conferred at Special Convocations.

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

The Honorary Graduands of 2023

During each of the four 2023 Convocation ceremonies, honorary degrees will be conferred as follows.

  • On May 16, Dr. Heather Morrison, community medicine and public health leader.
  • On May 17, John Horrelt, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and volunteer.
  • On May 18, Dr. Kathy Martin, internationally renowned scientist and ornithologist.
  • On May 19, Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, public health specialist physician.

Read the Convocation 2023 news release with the full biographies of our honorary degree recipients.

Read more about UPEI’s honorary degrees