The conferring of honorary degrees provides the University with an opportunity to convey to the world our values and principles by recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of exceptional individuals.

The honorary doctorates conferred at each Convocation also provide our graduating students with exemplary role models and meaningful messages that will carry them into their futures.


Honorary Degree Recipients

Please note: Carleton’s 153rd Convocation (Fall 2018) featured the installation of Benoit-Antoine Bacon – the university’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor – as the ceremony’s Convocation Speaker.

Click here to view a list of past honorary degree recipients dating back to 1954.

Types of Honorary Degrees

  • LL.D. – Doctor of Laws – Awarded for exceptional service to the University or to the community as a whole, or for outstanding scholarly achievement in a profession not covered by other honorary degrees
  • D.Litt. – Doctor of Literature – Awarded for outstanding achievement in the Humanities
  • D. Eng. – Doctor of Engineering – Awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of Engineering
  • D. Mus. – Doctor of Music – Awarded for outstanding achievement in Music
  • D. Sc. – Doctor of Science – Awarded for outstanding achievement in the pure and applied sciences
  • D. Fine Arts – Doctor of Fine Arts – Awarded for outstanding achievement in the Fine Arts
  • D. Arch. – Doctor of Architecture – Awarded for outstanding achievement in Architecture

Click here for more information about the honorary degree guidelines and the nomination process.