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Honorary Degrees

The Honor Is Ours

The University of Dayton intentionally recognizes, through the conferral of honorary doctoral degrees, individuals of extraordinary and distinguished achievement who exemplify the University's mission, aspirations and institutional values. Those individuals who receive honorary doctoral degrees from the University have selflessly served the Catholic Church, the city of Dayton, the Miami Valley, the United States or the world. The University's honorary degree recipients are worthy role models for the University community of faculty, staff, alumni and especially students.


UD recognizes individuals of extraordinary achievement and service who exemplify the UD's mission, aspirations and institutional values.

Nomination Process

Degrees Awarded

The University of Dayton grants one of 13 types of honorary degrees to selected candidates. Learn more about the degrees granted.

Degrees Awarded