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Honorary Doctorates

The awarding of honorary doctorates is intended to encourage a standard of excellence and innovation which is exemplary to students, faculty and staff, and to society generally. Candidates should exhibit a record of outstanding distinction and achievement in an area related to Vancouver Island University's mission, such as but not limited to scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts, business and industry, international affairs, or public service.

VIU awards the following honorary doctorates:

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws for accomplishments and contributions in areas such as politics, justice and social activism;
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters for scholarly accomplishments and contributions in areas such as science, social science, theory and literature; and
  • Honorary Doctor of Technology for accomplishments and contributions in applied areas related to Science and Technology.
  • Honorary Doctor of Science for accomplishments and contributions in Science.

Honorary Doctorate Nominations - Process, Deadline & Forms