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Why award honorary doctorates, and what do the choices say about our universities?

Why award honorary doctorates, and what do the choices say about our universities?

Universities like to associate themselves with exceptional individuals through the awarding of honorary doctorates, but this practice has often attracted controversy, creating headaches for university administrators. Honorary doctorates highlight uncomfortable but important questions about the purpose of the university and its role in reinforcing and perpetuating social inequality. The tradition and purpose of honorary doctorates […] … learn more→