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Honorary Credentials Policy

Effective Date: October 15, 2021
Downloadable Version: PDF ICON Honorary Credentials Policy
Related Procedure(s): PDF ICON Honorary Credentials Procedure
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The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (hereafter referred to as "Humber'' or ''the College) at its discretion may recognize and honour exceptional individuals who have achieved distinguished status and/or have made significant contributions at the college, municipal, provincial, national, or international level.


  1. The recipients of the Honorary credential are members of the general public which may include alumni, former employees, former members of the Board of Governors, former Advisory Committee members, or former public officials. They may not be current employees, current students, current Program Advisory Committee members, current members of the Board of Governors, or current elected officials of the municipal, provincial or federal government.
  2. Honorary credentials are not intended as a memorial honour. Therefore, posthumous honorary credentials will not normally be considered. However, if a candidate passes away after accepting an invitation, but prior to convocation, the honorary credential will be presented to an individual designated by the recipient's family or another legal representative.
  3. In exceptional circumstances, the College may choose to waive these requirements to allow the College to honour highly meritorious individuals, who otherwise would not be eligible.
  4. As per Ministry directives, Humber may only award one honorary degree per academic year for each of the (related) degree programs it is offering.


Current Employee: A person employed by the College on a full-time basis or contract basis.

College Community: All students, staff, and volunteers of the College.

Credential: In the context of this policy, a credential would include any credential as recognized by the Ontario Qualifications framework.


1. General

1.1. Credentials awarded will be as per Ministry policy directives.

1.2. The College shall not charge any fees for or issue payment to the (proposed) recipient of an honorary credential.

1.3. Recipients must meet the following criteria, which include those outlined in the Ministry policy directives:

1.3.1 Has made a significant achievement for the public good at the Ontario, national or international level and/or;

1.3.2 Has achieved noted academic eminence or accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education that through example, provide inspiration to graduates and/or;

1.3.3 Has enhanced or promoted the institution’s image and reputation in Ontario or elsewhere and/or;

1.3.4. Demonstrates the values of the College.

1.4. The College, at the discretion of the Board, may decide not to award honorary degrees in any particular academic year.

1.5. Honorary credentials will be presented during a convocation ceremony. The recipient must agree to be present as a condition of receiving the award unless the honorary degree is being presented posthumously. The recipient will be invited to address the convocation.

1.6. Confidentiality is to be maintained throughout the nomination and selection process.

2. Nominations of Honorary Credentials (See Honorary Credentials Procedure AC114-P)

2.1. Nominations for honorary credentials may be submitted by any member of the College community using the Nomination for Honorary Credential form (see Appendix A) at any time during the year, however, a formal nomination call will usually be issued annually in September.

2.2. All nominations are reviewed by a cross-institutional selection committee (see Appendix C).

3. Rescinding an Honorary Credential

3.1. Should it become known that a recipient (past or present) has engaged in behaviour which conflicts with college values the President will ascertain the relevant facts. The President may recommend to the Board of Governors the rescinding of an honorary credential. Evidence of such behaviour may be observed from the following:

3.1.1. The person has been convicted of a criminal offence;

3.1.2. Engagement in conduct that constitutes a significant departure from generally recognized standards of pubic behaviour;

3.1.3. Has been the subject of an official sanction, such as a fine or a reprimand, or disqualification by an adjudicating body, professional association, or other organization having relevance to the College’s values.

3.2. The Board of Governors shall consider rescinding any record of a corresponding honorary address.


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