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THE LEGACY CENTER 

The Legacy Center at Harvest Christian University is a department that confers honorary degrees posthumously, honoring individuals for their contributions, sacrifices, and lifetime achievements. The awarding of an honorary degree is a recognition of a person whose life and achievements serve as examples of the University's aspirations for its students. These honorary doctorates show recognition of distinctive achievement in specific areas of expertise that have contributed to the betterment of society, including community impact and engagement

 

The University's Executive Council, in consultation with the Honors and Awards Committee, determines and governs

the policies and requirements for honorary doctorate conferment. The awarding of honorary degrees represents

the highest intellectual and moral values of the University and reflects its character and quality.

 

The Legacy Center at Harvest Christian University honors individuals from all walks of life for their significant contributions, sacrifices, and lifetime achievements. The department confers honorary degrees posthumously, recognizing the exceptional impact these individuals have made during their lives. The University's commitment to honoring these individuals is a testament to their lasting distinction and the legacy they have left behind.

 

By awarding honorary degrees, Harvest Christian University aims to inspire its students and the wider community to strive for excellence and make a positive impact on society. The Legacy Center's honorary degree program aligns with the University's mission to provide a transformative educational experience that prepares students to become leaders in their respective fields.

 

The program recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in areas such as the creative and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and public service. By conferring honorary degrees posthumously, Harvest Christian University ensures that

the legacies of these remarkable individuals are celebrated and remembered for generations to come. The University's commitment to honoring their achievements reflects its values and dedication to excellence in education and community engagement.

"Torchbearers of Excellence in Education Honor Alumni and Celebrate Legacies ."

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    HCU Executive Vice-President

  Vice-Chancelor Extension Campuses

Bishop Dr. Michael Bates Sr.

 

Bishop Dr. Michael Bates Sr. is the co-founder of the Legacy Center for Harvest Christian University, and he

has demonstrated a strong commitment to the university's legacy and future. As the Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the St. Louis Extension Campus, Bishop Bates is responsible for managing daily campus operations and developing academic and administrative policies.

 

He has demonstrated strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others to make a positive impact on society. Bishop Bates has also supported the growth and development of Harvest Christian University through philanthropic endeavors. He is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and oversees the extension campus's efforts to create a more inclusive institution and campus climate. The Legacy Center at Harvest Christian University has established an Icon Awards Program to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to

the university and the community. The program aims to honor and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions of these individuals, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

 

Bishop Bates has played a significant role in the establishment of this program, and he has been instrumental in recognizing outstanding alumni through awards such as the Alumni of the Year award. Bishop Bates's commitment to the legacy and future of Harvest Christian University is evident in his leadership and philanthropic endeavors, and he continues to inspire others to make a positive impact on society.

 

The Legacy Center at Harvest Christian University has established an Icon Awards Program to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the university and the community. The Legacy Center, aims to honor and celebrate individuals who have made a lasting impact on the university, the community, and society as a whole. These awards serve as a testament to the outstanding achievements and contributions of these individuals, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Sage of The Year Award:

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional wisdom, leadership, and impact in their field.

One of the notable recipients of this award is Bishop TD Jakes,

a renowned spiritual leader and influential figure in the Christian community.

Alumni of the Year Award:

This award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Harvest Christian University. These individuals have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional careers and

have positively impacted the university and its community.

Ark of the Year Award: 

This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to both philanthropic and educational endeavors. These individuals have demonstrated a strong commitment

to making a positive impact on society and have supported

the growth and development of Harvest Christian University.

Icon of The Year Award:

The Icon Award recipients have demonstrated a commitment

to both philanthropy and education, working to improve the lives of others and promote learning and growth. This dual focus on giving back and fostering knowledge sets them apart as exceptional individuals.  Icon Award recipients serve as role models for others, inspiring and leading by example. Their actions and achievements motivate others to pursue their passions, make a difference, and contribute to the betterment

of society.

HCU Global Leadership Award:

This award to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional wisdom, leadership, and impact in educational fields. The award is open to University Alumni only, whos life has made significant contributions to their respective fields

and communities. They must have demonstrated exceptional wisdom, leadership, and impact globally.​ and must have made significant contributions toward a wide base of community and world leaders.

HCU Trailblazer of the Year :

This award is given to individuals who have used their  resources in innovative ways to create, maintain, or support their field. Here are the details of the award. The recipient

must have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity,

and innovation in their field. The recipient must have made significant contributions to their field and have paved the way for others to follow. The recipient must have used their limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain, or support their field.

HCU Global Ambassador Award:

The Global Ambassador Award is an award that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of an educational institution and the community on a global scale. The recipient of the award must

be an educational representative of the institution, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the institution's mission and values. This recipient must have made a significant impact on the institution and the community on a global scale. This  includes contributions to research, education, philanthropy,

or other areas that have positively impacted society, having demonstrated strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others to make a positive impact on society. The recipient must have supported the growth and development of the institution through philanthropic endeavors. 

Doctoral Degrees Posthumously:

The Legacy Center through Harvest Christian University awards honorary doctoral degrees posthumously to individuals who have made significant contributions to their community, demonstrated lifelong commitments to a craft, exhibited professionalism, and given unselfishly of themselves.

Requirements for awarding Posthumous Degrees:

  1. Eligibility

  2. Nomination

  3. Submission 

  4. Review Process

  5. Approval and Invitation

  6. Awarding the Degree

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