Academic Policies

Honorary Degrees

In accordance with the decision of the Board of Trustees at its February 27, 1975 meeting, the California Institute of the Arts awards honorary degrees to persons exhibiting high achievement in the practice or support of the arts.

The awarding of such degrees will honor the following conventions as recommended by regional accrediting agencies:

  • The degrees conferred as an honor will be restricted to those named degrees which traditionally are used for this purpose and which are not earned through a program of study. Degrees awarded Honoris Causa are: Litt. D. (Doctor of Literature); D.F.A (Doctor of Fine Arts); D.M. (Doctor of Music); D.H.L. (Doctor of Humane Letters); D.P.F. (Doctor of Performing Arts); D.A. (Doctor of Arts)
  • Honorary degrees are not awarded to anyone employed by the Institute at the time of the award: i.e., faculty, staff, administrators.

The Academic Council recommends three or more names of individuals to the President early in the Spring term. The Board of Trustees confers the degrees.

Dated: March 15, 1990

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