Definitions for "Honorary Degree"
Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction in academic pursuits, in the arts, in the professions, in business, in government, in civic affairs, or in service to the University.
a degree conferred to honor the recipient
a distinction, usually conferred as a doctorate, which recognizes an individual's outstanding accomplishments in their field or profession but without the usual academic requirements associated with receiving a degree at that level.