The highest recognition that Michigan State University can give to the world’s distinguished scholars and citizens is the award of an honorary degree. Since 1885, deserving individuals have received honorary degrees during MSU’s commencement ceremonies, sharing in the celebration of outstanding lifetime accomplishments with MSU students.
Honorary degree recipients generally meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Distinguished graduate of MSU (any field)
- Distinguished scientist, humanist, scholar of the arts, or distinguished member of one of the professions (law, medicine, etc.)
- Distinguished person in public life or business