Honorary degrees are given to individuals by many universities. Often the degree is for some non-academic contributions to the wider mission of the university. Some are given to political figures and to donors. Some are also give to academics with an established career.

Honorary degrees are given to individuals by many universities. Often the degree is for some non-academic contributions to the wider mission of the university. Some are given to political figures and to donors. Some are also give to academics with an established career. Such degrees honor the recipient but also tend to firm up a relationship. They are not, however, the equivalent of an earned degree.