An honorary doctoral degree is often awarded in recognition of one's life experiences. It is denoted by the letters "h.c.", which is an abbreviation for "honoris causa" (Latin for "for the sake of honor").

This means that the degree is bestowed as an honor rather than through the completion of certain academic requirements.

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Honorary Doctorate



The awarding of an honorary degree is an important symbol in the life of the University. An honorary degree recognizes uncommonly meritorious accomplishments and activity, both in the academic arena and in broader areas of benefit to society, that reflect the values esteemed by a great university. Honorary degrees are conferred on those whose achievements are of such excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.

In choosing recipients for this honor the University is also guided by the principle that in honoring individuals for their contributions, the University is also honoring itself by its association with people of such special merit.


The following specific criteria are used by the Honorary Degrees Committee in its consideration of candidates. The Committee’s goal each year is to present a slate of recipients across a range of academic disciplines and non-academic areas of achievement. Honorary degree recipients, when possible, will be chosen to match the purposes of the Convocation at which the degree is to be granted.

Those in category (a). will predominate if possible; those in categories (b) and (c) will normally number less than half of the recipients in category (a) unless the Convocation is being called for a special reason

a. The University normally will give preference to honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the sciences, humanities, and professions in which the University itself is active.

b. Recognition will be given to those whose exceptional accomplishments have contributed to enhancing culture and society in Canada or elsewhere in the world.

c. The University on occasion will honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of the University or the region or have achieved international standards of excellence.


Nominations: At least once annually, a call for nominations will be broadcast widely by the University Secretariat to the university community, using the traditional outlets and any additional avenues suggested by members of the Honorary Degrees Committee. Nominations may be submitted at any time to the University Secretary using the form
Maintenance of Lists: The initial screening of the nomination will be made by the Senate Secretariat to ensure that the nomination adheres to these guidelines. Names will be added to the list for a period of three years from the date of nomination, at which time if the nominee has not been selected, the name will be deleted. If the person is re-nominated, and if the nomination is still valid according to these guidelines, the name will again be added to the list for an additional three year period.
Active List:From the active list of nominations, the Honorary Degrees Committee will select prospective degree recipients as required in the annual convocation cycles. Once a prospective degree recipient has been identified and agreed upon by the Committee, two members of the committee will be assigned to the nomination file in order to execute due diligence, based on publicly available information, to ensure that the nomination conforms fully to the selection principles and criteria.
Invitation:Nominators will be invited to participate in the conferral of the degree as hooders, presenters or hosts, where and when possible, on the basis of their relevant relationship to the field of accomplishment of the nominee. Selection of these invitees will be determined by a group comprising the President, Director of Convocation, Provost and Secretary of Senate.



This nomination must be written under Freedom of Information guidelines. Please try and restrict your information to what is available in the public domain. Where it is necessary to include private information this must be clearly marked as such, i.e. “Information not in the public domain”.
Nominations should be submitted on the forms provided by the Co- Ordinator( Nomination Committee ) (please note that a nomination not submitted in this format is difficult to assess and the nomination is thus likely to be undermined):

(a) a completed nomination form (copy attached);


 (i) a supporting submission on the form provided (copy attached) which contains an introductory statement setting  forth the principal grounds for the distinction;
 (ii) a brief chronological, narrative account of the nominee’s life and work;
 (iii) an outline of the nominee’s most significant academic or other achievements;
 (iv) an assessment of his/her standing on a basis of international comparison or in the life of the nation;
 (v) any other information the proposer would wish to bring to the attention of the Committee.

(c) nominations should be accompanied by details of the nominees’ published works in an Appendix.


The Honorary Degrees Committee is appointed annually by Senate and consists of the Registrar and such other members of Senate as determined from time to time by Senate. The duty of the Committee is to select persons to be recommended to Senate for the conferment of Honorary Degrees.


( 1 ) The Honorary Degrees Committee shall submit a Motion for the award of Honorary Degrees in the form of a written report which shall be made available to members of Senate at least two days before the Ordinary Meeting at which it is to be presented.

( 2 ) The names of those recommended for Honorary Degrees are confidential until approved by Senate and offers have been accepted by candidates.


DOCUMENT CHECKLIST( Common for Honorary Doctorate & Honorary Awards ) Nominations submitted without the following documents will be returned to the Nominator:
A letter from the Nominator describing reasons for nominating the Nominee, including contributions or special accomplishments of the Nominee, and any other information which the Nominator feels may be pertinent to the nomination.
Letters of Support (no more than three).
Nominee’s abridged curriculum vitae containing details such as education, a field of endeavor a short description of publications (if any), specials awards, and distinguished service.
A short biographical summary (maximum 200 words), which will form the basis of the citation at convocation should the Nominee be chosen as an honorary degree recipient.


Honorary degree recipients are invited to give the Convocation address but may decline the invitation to do so.
Honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia. Honorary degrees are not awarded posthumously. An exception may be made in the case of the honor having been accepted and arrangements made for its awarding prior to the death of the nominee.
The citation for the honorary degree should be no longer than three minutes in length. In accordance with Council Bylaws, “each recipient of an honorary degree shall be presented for admission [to the degree] by the Director or by a person designated for that purpose by the Director”


( Common for Honorary Doctorate & Award )

The Senate may revoke an honorary degree and all the rights and privileges connected therewith.” The Senate would consider revoking the degree on the recommendation of the Honorary Degrees Committee, by means of a vote.

Degree Certificates and Letters Policy

Once your Doctorate degree has been conferred at a Doctorate ceremony either in person or in absentia, you will automatically receive a Doctorate degree certificate.

This will be either presented to you by your Co-Ordinator on the day of the Convocation ceremony or posted to you after the event.

For all ceremonies, if you have not received your degree certificate within three months of the date of your ceremony and you fail to notify us of this within that period, you will be charged for a replacement certificate.

Electronic copies, PDFs or scanned versions of certificates cannot be issued at any time.

Honorary Doctoral Degree

A recipient of an ecclesiastical honorary doctoral degree can use the title of Doctor Honoris Causa just as the recipient of an honorary degree from Abiding University,

Prestigious University

Honorary doctorates are often awarded by prestigious universities such as Abiding University.


As we awarded honorary doctoral degrees to our local members, we noticed the transformation that happened within these people.

2020 Nancy T. Ammerman, TDhc, prof., Sociology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences och School of Theology, Boston University, USA, Fania Oz-Salzberger, TDhc, prof., University of Haifa, Israel, K S Anbil Tharmalingam Dannys, Doctor of Social Work in Social Services, Malaysia 2019 Demiri, Lejla, TDhc, prof., Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany, McClintock Fulkerson, Mary, TDhc, prof., Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, USA, F Don Bosco,Doctor of Divinity in Ministry Science, India Peter Royan Victor, Doctor of Divinity in Leisure Science,India, A John Peter, Doctor of Divinity in Abidance Counselling, India, A Gilbert Gnanam, Doctor of Philosophy in Leisure Science, India, T Stephen Raj, Doctor of Divinity in Abidance Counselling, India 2018 Beaman, Lori G., TDhc, Prof., University of Ottawa, Canada Crawford, Sidnie White, TDhc, Prof., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA Scarry, Elaine, TDhc, Prof., Harvard University, USA 2017 Williams, Rowan, TDhc, Archbishop, Theologian, Writer, United Kingdom Sandberg, Peter, TDhc, Radio Journalist, Stockholm 2016 Cush, Denise, TDhc, Professor, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

2015 Exum, J. Cheryl, TDhc, Professor, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Gustafsson, Lisbeth, TDhc, journalist, författare och folkbildare 2014 Lange, Dietz, TDhc, Professor, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany Schweiker, William, TDhc, Professor i teologisk etik, University of Chicago, IL, USA 2013 Apressyan, Ruben, TDhc, Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia Mahmood, Saba, TDhc, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 2012 Iversen, Hans Raun, TDhc, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark 2011 Bodin, Per-Arne, TDhc, Professor i slaviska språk, Stockholms universitet Kwok, Pui Lan, TDhc, Professor, Episcopal Divinity School, Boston, MA, USA

2010 Repstad, Pål, TDhc, Professor, University of Agder, Kristiansand, and KIFO, Oslo, Norway 2009 Hjelm, Norman A., TDhc, förlagsredaktör, Eerdmans Publishing Company, Wynnewood, PA, USA Woodhead, Linda, TDhc, Professor, Lancaster University, United Kingdom 2008 Davie, Grace, TDhc, Professor, University of Exeter, United Kingdom Runestam, Staffan, TDhc, FD, förste bibliotekarie, Umeå universitetsbibliotek 2007 Dower, Nigel, TDhc, Honorary Senior Lecture, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom Jasper, David, TDhc, Professor, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom Kasper, Walter, TDhc, Cardinal, Vatican City State 2006 Inglehart, Ronald, TDhc, Professor, University of Michigan, MI, USA Luz, Ulrich, TDhc, Professor, Laupen, Switzerland

2005 Dalferth, Ingolf U., TDhc, Professor, Zürich, Switzerland Mbow, Penda, TDhc, Dr., maître-assistante, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal 2004 Atherton, John, TDhc, Canon Theologian, Manchester Cathedral, United Kingdom Laato, Antti, TDhc, Professor i gamla test. exegetik med judaistik, Åbo Akademi, Finland 2003 Jones, James W., TDhc, Professor, Rutgers University, NJ, USA Nyberg, Tore, TDhc, Denmark Piltz, Anders, TDhc, Professor i latin, Lunds universitet 2002 Hervieu-Léger, Danièle, TDhc, Professor, Ècole des Hautes Ètudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris Pearson, Birger A., TDhc, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Räisänen, Heikki, TDhc, Professor i nya test. exegetik, Helsingfors, Finland 2001 Clark, Elizabeth, TDhc, Professor, USA Lebacqz, Karen, TDhc, Professor, Berkeley, CA, USA Wolbert, Werner, TDhc, Professor, Salzburg, Austria

2000 Björkstrand, Gustav, TDhc, Professor i praktisk teologi, Finland Gustafsson, Bengt, TDhc, Professor i teoretisk astrofysik Radford Ruether, Rosemary, TDhc, Professor, USA Tutu, Desmond, TDhc, Archbishop, South Africa 1999 Stenström, Thure, TDhc, Professor i litteraturvetenskap Waller, Ralph, TDhc, United Kingdom 1998 Davies, Douglas, TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom Roelvink, Henrik, TDhc, pater Drs. 1997 Capps, Walter H., TDhc, Professor, USA Pathrapankal, Joseph, TDhc, Professor, Bangalore, India 1996 Stolt, Bengt, TDhc, doc. i matematik Stolt, Birgit, TDhc, Professor i tyska Veluppillai, Alvappillai, TDhc, Professor, Sri Lanka

1995 Amjad-Ali, Charles, TDhc, Pakistan Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth, TDhc, Professor, USA Sutherland, Sir Stewart R., TDhc, United Kingdom 1994 Brümmer, Vincent, TDhc, Professor, Utrecht, Netherlands Sjöberg, Åke W., TDhc, Professor, USA 1993 Bovon, François, TDhc, Professor, Switzerland 1992 Børresen, Kari Elisabeth, TDhc, Oslo, Norway Estham, Inger, TDhc, textilhistoriker 1991 Haendler, Gert, TDhc, Professor, Rostock, Germany Johansson, Egil, TDhc, Professor i pedagogik Kasemaa, Kalle, TDhc, Professor, Tartu, Estonia

1990 Meeks, Wayne A., TDhc, Professor, Yale, CT, USA Nylund, Bo, TDhc, lektor 1989 Bromée, Catharina, TDhc, publicist Capps, Donald, TDhc, Professor, Princeton, NJ, USA 1988 Blomquist, Gunvor, TDhc, radioproducent Philonenko, Marc, TDhc, Professor, Strasbourg, France 1987 Holm-Nielsen, Svend, TDhc, Professor, Denmark Nielsen, Eduard, TDhc, Professor, Denmark 1986 Ruh, Kurt, TDhc, Professor, West Germany Schimmel, Annemarie, TDhc, Professor, West Germany

Upcoming courses

1985 Gustafson, James M., TDhc, Professor, Atlanta, GA, USA Löthner, Lennart, TDhc, domkapiteltjänsteman 1984 Metzler, Josef, TDhc, Professor, Italy Potter, Philip A., TDhc, Jamaica 1983 Copleston, Frederick, TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom Kanasanaho, Erkki, TDhc, biskop, Finland 1982 Albertson, Erik W., TDhc, kyrkoherde Johannesson, Lechard, TDhc, lektor, författare Åsberg, Christer, TDhc, sekr., Bibelkommissionen 1981 Engström, Olle, TDhc, rektor, Sv. Missionsförbundets teol. seminarium Haglund, Eric, TDhc, domkyrkokomminister

1980 Bianchi, Ugo, TDhc, Professor, Italy Simon, Marcel, TDhc, Professor, France 1979 Hengel, Martin, TDhc, Professor, West Germany Paillard, Jean, TDhc, dominikanpater 1978 Hubbeling, Hubertus G., TDhc, Professor, Netherlands Sahlin, Margit, TDhc, kyrkoherde Wennergren, Bertil, TDhc, regeringsråd 1977 Christensen, Torben C., TDhc, Professor, Denmark Desroche, Henri, TDhc, France Hick, John H., TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom Nasr, S. Hossein, TDhc, Professor, Iran Pritchard, James B., TDhc, Professor, USA Schürmann, Heinz, TDhc, Professor, East Germany Thomas, Madathililparamil Mammen, TDhc, Director, India 1976 Banning, Knud, TDhc, Denmark Rappe, Axel, TDhc, prost

1975 Keilbach, Wilhelm, TDhc, Professor, West Germany 1974 Brown, Raymond E., TDhc, Professor, USA Davies, David W., TDhc, Professor, USA Kibira, Josiah M., TDhc, Bishop, Tanzania 1973 Hammershaimb, Erling, TDhc, Professor, Denmark Jensen, Ludin, TDhc, Professor, Norway Odenius, Oloph, TDhc, antikvarie 1972 Beijer, Erik, TDhc, prost Birkeli, Fridtjov, TDhc, Bishop, Norway 1971 Löfgren, Oscar, TDhc, Professor i semitiska språk Lövgren, Oscar, TDhc, hymnolog

1970 Ebeling, Gerhard, TDhc, Professor, Switzerland Staf, Nils, TDhc, stadsarkivarie 1969 Söderlind, Nils, TDhc, teol.lic. 1968 Johnson, Aubrey Rodway, TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom 1967 Chadwick, Henry, TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom Liedgren, Jan, TDhc, förste arkivarie Lindblom, Andreas, TDhc, Professor i konsthistoria 1966 Kinder, Ernst, TDhc, Professor, West Germany

1965 Freeman, Theodor, TDhc, kyrkoherde Neill, Stephen Charles, TDhc, Bishop, West Germany 1964 Alivisatos, Hamilcar, TDhc, Professor, Greece Campenhausen, Hans Freiherr von, TDhc, Professor, West Germany Tierney, Brian, TDhc, Professor, USA Wendel, Francois, TDhc, Professor, France 1963 Kerényi, Karl, TDhc, Professor, Hungary 1962 Molland, Einar, TDhc, Professor, Norway 1961 Goodenough, Erwin R., TDhc, Professor, USA

Upcoming courses

1960 Ander, O. Fritiof, TDhc, Professor, USA Drower, Lady Stefana, TDhc, United Kingdom Weman, Henry, TDhc, domkyrkoorganist 1958 Schmid, Toni, TDhc, antikvarie Sicard, Harald von, TDhc, missionär, prost 1957 Hooke, Samuel H., TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom Jeremias, Joachim, TDhc, Professor, West Germany Koch, Hal, TDhc, Professor, Denmark 1955 Dumézil, Georges, TDhc, Professor, France Landberg, Georg, TDhc, rektor för Fjellstedtska skolan i Uppsala 1953 Hvidberg, Flemming Friis, TDhc, Professor, Denmark

1951 Adell, Arthur, TDhc, kyrkoherde Albright, William F, TDhc, Professor, USA Bornkamm, Heinrich, TDhc, Professor, West Germany Ekström, Gunnar, TDhc, domkyrkosyssloman Kornerup, Bjøm S., TDhc, Denmark Maliniemi, Arno Henrik, TDhc, Professor, Finland Roosval, Johnny, TDhc, Professor i konsthistoria Skard, Bjarne, TDhc, Bishop, Norway 1949 Gyllenberg, Rafael Gideon, TDhc, Professor i exegetik, Finland Norberg, Arvid T.L., TDhc, kontraktsprost Nystedt, Olle, TDhc, pastor primarius 1948 Bersell, Petrus O.I., TDhc, President, Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, USA Rowley, Harold H., TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom 1947 Goguel, Maurice, TDhc, Professor, Paris, France 1945 Bagge, Algot J.F., JDhc, justitieråd Dahlquist, J. Gunnar N., TDhc, missionsdirektor Moberg, Carl-Allan, TDhc, Professor i musikforskning

1941 Ahnlund, Nils, TDhc, Professor i historia, en av de aderton Ankar, Gustav A., TDhc, kyrkoherde Brundin, Gunnar, TDhc, domprost Fogelklou Norlind, Emilia M., TDhc, författare, lektor Kaila, Erkki, TDhc, ärkebiskop, Finland Lindqvist, Natan, TDhc, Professor i svenska språket Nordberg, Johan A., TDhc, kontraktsprost Nyberg, H.S., TDhc, Professor i semitiska språk, en av de aderton Paasche, J. Fredrik, TDhc, Professor i medeltidens litteraturhistoria Reichelt, Karl L., TDhc, Evangelist, China Rosenqvist, G. O., TDhc, Professor i praktisk teologi, Finland Rudberg, Yngve, TDhc, director f. praktisk-teologiska institutet i Uppsala

1938 Bergendoff, Conrad J.I., TDhc, Professor, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, USA 1936 Anderberg, Algot, TDhc, domprost 1932 Bonsdorff, Max Oskar von, TDhc, biskop i Borgå stift, Finland Brun, Johan Lyder, TDhc, Professor, Norway Deismann, Gustaf Adolf, TDhc, Professor, Germany Dobschütz, Ernst von, TDhc, Professor, Germany Fridrichsen, Anton, TDhc, Professor i exegetik Ingman, Lauri Johannes, TDhc, ärkebiskop, Finland Nørregaard, Jens, TDhc, Professor, Denmark Otto, Rudolf, TDhc, Professor, Estonia Rahamägi, Hugo Bernhard, TDhc, Professor, Estonia Stange, Carl, TDhc, Professor, Germany Strohl, Henry, TDhc, Professor, France Webb, Clement C.J., TDhc, Professor, United Kingdom 1927 Bergström, Karl Ludvig, TDhc, lektor Brilioth, Yngve, TDhc, Professor i kyrkohistoria, Åbo Akademi, Finland Centerwall, Otto, TDhc, förest. för Samariterhemmet i Uppsala Goltz, Eduard von der, TDhc, Professor, Germany Rudberg, Gunnar, TDhc, Professor, Oslo Öhman, Sven Gustav, TDhc, kyrkoherde, USA

1921 Hammarsten, Fredrik, TDhc, kyrkoherde Hasselberg, Carl, TDhc, kontraktsprost Westerlund, Emst, TDhc, läkare 1917 Annerstedt, Claës, TDhc, universitetsbibliotekarie, en av de aderton October, Schück, Henrik, TDhc, Professor i estetik, en av de aderton 1911 Danielsson, Gustaf, TDhc, missionär Hjärne, Harald, TDhc, Professor i historia, en av de aderton