One of the most prestigious awards conferred by Azteca University is the Honorary Doctoral Degree. 

It is awarded to those individuals who have made extraordinary academic or social contributions, particularly in fields of relevance and importance at national and at international levels.

The selection of honorary degree recipients is overseen by a Committee at the Division of International Programs at Azteca University. The committee will seek approval to recommend a slate of honorary degree candidates for approval.

The nomination and approval process for honorary degrees is confidential, and all involved in the process must respect this requirement.

To avoid undue influence, the review process by the committee is carried out anonymously, that is, the names of those who submitted the nomination are redacted from all documentation reviewed by Azteca University Director & Chair of International Programs, every effort will be made to ensure that degree recipients represent diversity across gender, race, age and ability. As well, effort will be made towards achieving balance across Azteca University’s scholarly community.

Timeline Committee at International Programs Division receives candidate nominations for Honorary degrees’ year round; however, to be awarded, the nomination must be received by the Committee at least two months in advance.

The committee’s work in producing a list of potential candidates spans throughout the year. This activity is not time bound. Graduation Ceremonies dates and place will be confirmed accordingly. 

Honorary Degree is to recognize contributions in scholarly or professional achievement, or public or community service, and eligibility is as follows:

The Honorary Doctoral title is a title bestowed upon individuals as an award in recognition of their merits and background.

The Honorary Doctoral titles available are:

  • Honorary Doctor of Individual Studies, Hon. D.I.S.
  • Honorary Doctor of Professional Studies, Hon.D.P.S.
  • Honorary Doctor of Advances Studies,   Hon. D.A.S
  • Honorary Doctor of Arts, Hon. D.A.
  • Honorary Doctor of Arts and Humanities,   Hon. D.A.H.
  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity,   Hon. D.D
  • Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts,   Hon. D.F.A.
  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities,   Hon. D.H.
  • Honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts,    Hon. D.L.A.
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws,   Hon. LL.D.
  • Honorary Doctor of the University,   Hon. D.Univ.
  • Honorary Doctor of Religious Studies, Hon. DRS

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Acceptance Criteria

Eligibility 1.

To be considered, a candidate must have sufficient stature and recognition to ensure that the awarding of an honorary degree enhances the reputation of Azteca University.

Eligibility 2.

The candidate, in character and conduct, shall have reflected the fundamental principles for which Azteca University stands.

Eligibility 3.

Consideration will be given to candidates who have achieved eminence in scholarship or rendered distinguished contributions in their field; the Honors committee will give preference to those fields of endeavor that reflect Azteca University’s mission and core values.

Eligibility 4.

There should be a reasonable chance that the candidate will accept the honorary degree and be available to attend convocation in person and deliver an inspiring address to graduates.


Azteca University will not normally award honorary degrees: posthumously; in absentia; to active politicians; to financial donors whose only affiliation to Azteca is monetary; or to current members of its own faculty, staff, students, or Board of Governors (consideration can occur after 3 years post-service). Individuals may not nominate themselves or members of their own family.

Nomination Consideration

The Committee will consider the following when reviewing each nomination:

  • In what ways is the candidate’s achievement truly outstanding?
  • In what ways has the candidate made an extraordinary contribution to scholarship, society and culture?
  • Will this person’s achievement be seen to be important and exemplary to the students who will graduate at convocation?
  • Has this candidate already been recognized by other honors and awards?
  • Has this candidate been appropriately recognized by the field or profession in which they excel?
  • Is it appropriate for Azteca University to honour this candidate at this time?
  • Is the candidate already aware of Azteca University and would the candidate appreciate the significance of the award?
  • Does this candidate help Azteca University achieve the goal of reflecting the diversity of international society or the academic diversity of the university in the honors it bestows?

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