Why Do Colleges Hand Out Honorary Degrees?

Why Do Colleges Hand Out Honorary Degrees?

Levine approved of honorary degrees, seeing them as teaching opportunities to\"[show] examples of people who most represent the values the institution stands for.\" AdvertisementAdvertisementHonorary Degrees as MarketingToday, the conferring of unearned degrees is less of a menace to society and more of a savvy marketing opportunity. Ayugo sits on the Committee on Honorary Degrees, which is charged with reviewing all nominations for honorary degrees submitted by Duke students, faculty and staff. \"Honorary degrees serve as a way to inspire the students graduating that day,\" writes Ayugo in an email. While most honorary degree recipients understand and respect this distinction between an earned and unearned degree, others disagree.

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