Honorary Degrees at USC

Since Commencement 1912, the University of Southern California has awarded honorary degrees, presently the highest award the university confers. Honorary degrees are given:

  • To honor individuals who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in scholarship, the professions or other creative activities, whether or not they are widely known by the general public;
  • To honor alumni and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and development of USC or the communities of which they are a part;
  • To recognize exceptional acts of philanthropy to the university and/or on the nation or world scene; and
  • To elevate the university in the eyes of the world by honoring individuals who are widely known and highly regarded for achievements in their respective fields of endeavor.

The honorary degree process is managed in the Office of the Provost. The Chair of the Honorary Degrees Committee is Margo Apostolos, Associate Professor of Dance, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Any faculty, staff, student, alumni memberĀ or USC Trustee is invited to nominate a potential candidate.

President Nikias and Provost Garrett presenting Shonda Rhimes with her honorary degree in May 2014.

President Nikias and Provost Garrett presenting Shonda Rhimes with her honorary degree in May 2014.

 

  • Honorary Degrees

    Office of the Provost, ADM 102
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089
    Telephone: (213) 740-2101
    E-mail: laux@provost.usc.edu