The Tennessee Board of Regents authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to recognize individuals whose extraordinary achievements have set a standard that distinguishes them and benefits Tennessee Board of Regents’ institutions and the communities they serve as well as society.
The purpose for awarding honorary degrees is threefold:
To honor persons whose careers reflect sustained and superlative achievement in the arts and professions, research, scholarship, public service, leadership, volunteerism, and/or cultural affairs as well as new frontiers of human endeavor.
To advance the educational missions, goals, and programs of the Tennessee Board of Regents’ institutions by developing associations with persons who embody the same ideals, values, and aspirations.
To inspire students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and members of the local, national, and world communities to emulate such standards of excellence, integrity, and commitment to enhance the public good.