Every year, Utrecht University awards honorary doctorates, usually during Anniversary Day on 26 March. In doing so, the University aims to express its appreciation for the person receiving the doctorate and their work.
The person who receives the doctor at is given a gown (cappa) with the red and white colours of Utrecht University, and granted the title doctor honoris causa (DrHC). The ceremony must also be attended by the supervisors appointed by the faculty, although their role is clearly different than in the case of a conventional conferral of a doctoral degree. Rather than a defence of the research, it is an honorary and ceremonial occasion.
Honorary doctorates awarded in 2014
Professor BJ Casey
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City, United States of America, Sackler Professor for Developmental Psychobiology.
Honorary supervisor: Prof Chantal Kemner, Professor of Biological Development Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Professor Michael Sandel
Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government.
Honorary Supervisor: Prof Marcus Düwell, Professor of Mathematical Ethics in the faculty of Humanities
A more detailed list of the honorary doctorates awarded between 2001-2013.