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Honorary Degrees

President Hoi with Honorary Degree Recipient Lucy Lippard

President Hoi, Honorary Degree Recipient Lucy Lippard, Trustee Bronya Galef


Each year Otis selects one or two individuals to receive the Honorary Doctorate degree at the Commencement Ceremony in May. One of the recipients also serves as Commencement Speaker. Recommended individuals should meet some combination of the following criteria:


1. Have a background and experiences that reflect the College mission and its programs..
2. Have influenced professional practice, and have a background and experiences that place
the recommended individuals at the pinnacle of their field.
3. Contribute to the College's reputation.
4. Serve as a role model for students.
5. Reflect the College's aspirations.
6. Have served, or could serve, as a friend and ambassador of the College.
7. Are good public speakers (if selected to speak on Commencement Day).

List of Honorary Degree Recipients from 1962 to Present (PDF)