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Honorary Doctorate Degrees

These policies have been adopted by Harvest  Christian University  from standing Universities and Institutions across the country to ensure uniformity and consistant policy for awarding honorary doctorate degrees.  Harvest Christian University degrees awards are consistent with this policy.



The policies and  specifies requirements for honorary doctorates conferments are determined and governed by the University's  Executive Council and  referred by The University's Alumni Relation Department by submitting nominations for Harvest Christian University's Honorary Doctoral Degree Program.

Policy Statement

An honorary doctorate is the highest terminal degree conferred by the Harvest Christian University's System.  An honorary doctorate shows recognition of distinctive achievement in a specific or respective space of acumen and experience that has added to the betterment of society to include community impact and engagement.


An honorary doctorate can be conferred to an individual who has  demonstrated success and acumen over a track of time denoting experience and applied knowledge. public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship, consistent with the ideals and purposes of the university.  An honorary doctorate recognizes extraordinary and long standing distinction with acumen.

Degree Designations

Honorary degree designations shall not be limited.



HCU Policy and guidelines determine the nominations and review processes and the awarding of the conferment. No disclosure will be made until after Executive Council has made the final decision and is handed down to the Alumni Relationship Department. 

 A degree may be awarded posthumously to a nominee if, after accepting the invitation.

In awarding honorary degrees, Harvest Christian University System does not assume any legal obligations.

Harvest Christian University is not responsible for candidate's behavior or character. 

Oversight, Roles and Responsibilities

Harvest Christian University Systems upon nominating candidates for honorary doctorates shall have an honorary degree committee appointed by the office of The University President or the Alumni Relations Department that recommends candidates for honorary degrees consistent with procedures, policies, and criteria.

At least two months prior to the commencement ceremony at which an honorary degree is to be conferred, and at least four weeks prior to a regularly-scheduled meetings. The nominating  body  shall forward to the Executive Council Nominations.

(1) A letter from the Alumni Relations Department to the Executive Committee indicating the name of the nominee(s) and expressing the approval;

(2) the curriculum vitae or résumé of the nominee(s);

(3) letters of recommendation and other documentation of the contributions of the nominee and the merits of the nominee as an honorary degree recipient.

(4) Letter of Conferement. 


It is the responsibility of the University institution to exercise due diligence in ensuring that a nominee is of high moral character. Upon the timely receipt of an honorary degree nomination. 

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