Presidential Distinctions

Crowd at Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipients

Colleges and Universities select people to receive honorary degrees and serve as role models for our graduates. Honorary Degrees are earned by making significant contributions to our society. The University of Miami has been awarding honorary degrees since 1927.

The Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize recognizes a member of the UM community—faculty, staff, student, or trustee—who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the beauty, humanity, and future of the campus. 


The University has established the Distinguished Presidential Fellows and Scholars initiative to attract some of the world’s most celebrated and accomplished scholars and thinkers to share their unique perspectives and talents with the University community.


The Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Presidential Residence program engages leading scholars and professionals from around the world with the materials available in the University of Miami Libraries' Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) to contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban and Cuban diaspora studies.