NDSU follows policies of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education for honorary degrees. The policy) states, in part, that degrees may be granted only after recommendation from the president, with approval from the chancellor and approval by the board.
The criteria include:
- The candidate should have had an association with the State of North Dakota. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the Board, or one of the institutions governed by the Board.
- The candidate must have achieved a level of distinction which would merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.
- The renown of the candidate should reflect favorably on the Board, the institutions it governs, and the State of North Dakota.
Nominations must include a letter addressing the criteria above, biographical information on the nominee, and two additional letters of support. The nomination package should be submitted to the Provost. Nominations should be kept confidential and not relayed to the nominee until the State Board of Higher Education has acted.