Summary: SENATE COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC PROCEDURES
Guidelines for the Selection of Honorary Speakers
In March 2007, Senate approved the recommendations of the Convocation Task Force.
As a result, beginning in 2008 and confirmed in 2010 for the foreseeable future, almost all
convocations have been held in Grant Hall and the number of ceremonies taking place in the
Spring has increased substantially.
The following recommendation of the Convocation Task Force, approved by the Senate, refers
specifically to Honorary Speakers:
Each ceremony will include an appropriate address by a person (honoree) whose achievement is
worthy of special recognition. This may be, for example, an honorary degree recipient, a
student, a faculty member, or a distinguished alumnus/a.
Analysis and Discussion
The guidelines described below under "Honorary Speakers" and "Process Timeline" were
written with the goal of taking the above Senate-approved recommendation of the Convocation
Task Force and putting it into action in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Once Honorary Degree recipients have been chosen (a process coordinated by the Office of the
University Secretariat) and have responded to the University's invitation, Faculties and Schools