Some Surprising Celebrities Received Honorary Degrees

An honorary degree is offered when an institution waives the usual requirements to obtain the degree.  Usually it is awarded because that person has achieved enough in life to prove that they deserve this honor.  There are some very famous people who have received honorary degrees.   

Last year, I was fortunate to have been nominated to receive an honorary doctorate from a local university.  Because I already had received a traditional doctorate degree, I didn’t realize that it was possible to receive another honorary one.  Someone else received the doctorate for which I was nominated, but it made me interested in researching honorary degrees. 

In the article 9 Surprising People With Honorary Degrees, the author noted that there may be ulterior motives when giving out these degrees. “Honorary degrees are often handed out to people who have made important contributions to a field, but sometimes they end up in the hands of celebrities for vague reasons. More than likely, the university wants the publicity that comes with giving a doctorate to someone famous.”

The article lists the following 9 celebrities who have received honorary degrees and questions whether some of these are deserving of the honor:

Not all people accept honorary degrees.  William Shatner had been offered other degrees before McGill’s offer, but turned them down.  To find out more about these unique 9 celebrities and their honorary degrees, check out the article by clicking here.

Some other famous celebrities with honorary degrees include:

For a more complete list of honorary doctors, click here.

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