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            HONORARY DEGREE            GUIDELINES

Honorary Doctorate Degrees 


Prestigious Harvest Christian University

Harvest Christian University has the top Honorary Doctoral Program in the nation.. Its Graduating Doctoral Master Class since 2018 has recognized entrepreneurs, actors, performers, sports figures and officials. Harvest Christian University " Royal School ) has graduated more the 60 Millionaires and several Billionaires who who saw the beneficial future, notoriety, platform and honor of the highest Terminal Degree any Institution of Post-secondary education can offer.

Honorary Degree Not Just A Piece of Paper

An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) waives the usual degree requirements. The degree is often conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished person's contributions to a specific field or to society in general.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived all of the usual requirements. It is also known by the Latin phrases honoris causa ("for the sake of the honour") or ad honorem ("to the honour").  An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university has waived all of the usual requirements. An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university has waived all of the usual requirements. 

An early and notable exception is Benjamin Franklin, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1759 and the University of Oxford in 1762 for his scientific accomplishments, and thereafter referred to himself as “Doctor Franklin.”

Honorary degrees are typically awarded by William & Mary at Charter Day and Commencement ceremonies as well as other special events to distinguished individuals. The tradition was begun in 1756 with the granting of an honorary degree to Benjamin Franklin.

Honorary Doctorate Degree Policies

These policies have been adopted by Harvest Christian University to ensure uniformity and a consistent policy for awarding honorary doctorate degrees.  Harvest Christian University degrees awards are consistent with this policy.



The policies and specifies requirements for honorary doctorates conferments are determined and governed only by Harvest Christian University Alumni Relations. Harvest Christian University will not accepts referrals for honorary doctoral degrees from outside the University. Furthermore Harvest Christian University will not accept referrals for honorary doctoral degrees from the University's Alumni, Regents, Officers or Committees. 

Policy Statement

An honorary doctorate is the highest terminal degree conferred by any Post-secondary Institution of higher learning. Harvest Christian University. believes that an honorary doctorate should show recognition of distinctive achievements in a specific or respective space of acumen and experience that has added to the betterment of society to include community impact and engagement.


An honorary doctorate can only be conferred to an individual who has demonstrated success and acumen over a track of time denoting experience and applied knowledge. public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship, consistent with the ideals and purposes of Harvest Christian University. An honorary doctorate recognizes extraordinary and long standing distinction with acumen. Harvest Christian University accepts all applicants regardless of creed , color, ethnic background or religion.



All candidates selected for honorary degrees are made strictly via Alumni Relations  special committee to ensure the integrity of the program. The committee formed from Alumni Relations are responsible to ensure the process is honorable as well as the recipients a qualified and deserving. No candidates can refer themselves , all referrals come through alumni of the university.


Degree Designations

Honorary degree designations shall not be limited. Candidates do not decide what degree they may receive. The degree conferment are offered only once and do not repeat the offers. Harvest Christian also reserves the right to recall any degrees awarded without notice. All such recalls are directed to the Ethics Chair. Final decisions are made through the office of the University President.



HCU Policy and guidelines determine the nominations and review processes and the awarding of the conferment. No disclosure will be made until after final decision and is handed down to the Alumni Relations.  Alumni Relations does not determine or interview potential candidates as it is decided by a special committee. This committee selects based on criteria. Candidates do not select the honorary degree they receive. An honorary degree may be awarded after death (  posthumously ) to a nominee, if after accepting the invitation, but not by referral. In awarding honorary degrees, Harvest Christian University System does not assume any legal obligations and will receives no moneys for referrals to degrees applicants.

Honorary Doctorate Degrees


Harvest Christian University reserves the right to refuse all nominations and or referrals as well as any fees from such referrals. Harvest Christian University has no outside agents or representatives referring or recommending doctoral candidates. If this does occur and there is an outside referral please notify the university Ethics Chair for investigation. Harvest Christian University is not responsible for candidate's behavior or character after receiving an Honorary Doctoral Degree. However it does take in consideration human error, past mistakes that many candidates have worked hard to overcome. 

Oversight, Roles and Responsibilities

Harvest Christian University's requirement for nominating committee appointed by the office of The University President, "The Alumni Relations ". No alumni or Regents or University officers shall at no time recommend candidates at any time for honorary degrees. Only Alumni Relations the office of the University President can recommend candidates based on independent research. for honorary degrees consistent with procedures, policies, and criteria set forth by the President of the University. It is the responsibility of the University to exercise due diligence in ensuring that a nominee is of high moral character.

Honorary doctorates can range from traditional academic fields to various professional and cultural domains. Here are the types of honorary doctorates that can be conferred:

  1. PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): Honorary doctorates in the field of philosophy are often awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to academia, research, or intellectual pursuits. This type of honorary doctorate recognizes distinguished achievements in advancing knowledge and scholarship.

  2. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA): Honorary doctorates in business administration are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and impact in the business world. Recipients may include successful entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, or influential figures in the business community.

  3. Doctor of Counseling (DCouns): Honorary doctorates in counseling are conferred upon individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of counseling, mental health, or psychology. This recognition may be given to individuals who have significantly advanced the practice and understanding of counseling and mental well-being.

  4. Doctor of Entrepreneurship (DEntrepreneurship): Honorary doctorates in entrepreneurship are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship, innovation, and business leadership. Recipients may include successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or influential figures in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  5. Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA): Honorary doctorates in fine arts are granted to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the arts, including visual arts, performing arts, literature, or cultural preservation. This recognition acknowledges significant cultural and artistic impact.

  6. Doctor of Public Service (DPS): Honorary doctorates in public service are conferred upon individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to public service, humanitarian efforts, or social advocacy. Recipients may include philanthropists, activists, or leaders in public service organizations.


Notable Black celebrities who have received honorary degrees:

Oprah Winfrey

Awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Princeton University, Duke University, Harvard University, and the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Denzel Washington

Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Chadwick Boseman

Had his tuition for a summer program at the British American Drama Academy paid for by Denzel Washington when he was in college.

Quincy Jones

Discovered and recommended Oprah Winfrey for a role in a Steven Spielberg film when she was working as a TV host in Chicago.

Sidney Poitier

Served as a mentor to a young Denzel Washington, encouraging him after seeing him in a play.

Muhammad Ali

Awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Mount Ida College, Columbia University, and Princeton University.

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Howard University, in 2014.

Aretha Franklin

Recipient of numerous honorary doctorate degrees, including from Princeton University, Yale University, and Berklee College of Music.

Aretha Franklin, the legendary "Queen of Soul", received numerous honorary doctorate degrees throughout her illustrious career in recognition of her immense contributions to music and culture. According to the search results provided:

In 2006 and 2010, Franklin received honorary doctorate degrees of music from Berklee College of Music and Yale University, respectively.    

In 1987, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Her citation praised her unique blend of gospel, jazz, and R&B music that enriched American heritage. 

In 2007, Franklin received an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

She also received honorary doctorates from New England Conservatory of Music, Bethune-Cookman University, and Wayne State University. 

In 2014, Franklin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she also performed the national anthem.

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