McGill honorary degrees are awarded to distinguished individuals in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly, scientific or artistic achievement, or for exceptional contribution to the public good through professional or philanthropic activity.

Any member of the public or the McGill community may submit nominations. All nominations submitted are reviewed by the Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee (HDCC) which in turn makes recommendations to Senate.

All information submitted regarding a nomination will be kept strictly confidential. The HDCC therefore acknowledges receipt of nominations, but does not normally respond to nominators about the status of their nomination.

Nominations are welcome at any time. However, in order to be considered by the HDCC at its next upcoming meeting, nomination packages should be received electronically no later than noon (12 p.m.) on February 16, 2024. To submit your nomination, please use the following form:

File Honorary Degree Nomination Form

File formulaire de mise en candidature pour doctorat honorifique

Kindly accompany your nomination with a covering letter addressed to the Chair of the Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee (Mr. John McCall MacBain) stating the reasons for your nomination. The completed form (in Word format) and covering letter should be sent by email to Mr. Thomas Daudlin, Governance Officer, Secretariat, at thomas.daudlin [at]

Reference Material

For your information, the Senate Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee uses the following criteria when considering nominations: 

PDF icon HDCC Guidelines

PDF icon Operational Guidelines for the Revocation of Honorary Degrees

An alphabetical list of honorary degree recipients from May 1935 onwards is available here:

PDF icon List of McGill Honorary Degree Recipients from May 1935 to November (Fall) 2023



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