Academic Affairs

Board of Trustees Policy

Subject: Board Duties and Responsibilities

Number: 3.1

Date: March 2014

Supersedes: March 2002


The Board of Trustees of Montgomery County Community College authorizes the award of the honorary associate degree, Associate in Letters (A.L.), to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated meritorious service to Montgomery County Community College, to the community, to their profession and/or displayed leadership in civic and cultural affairs. The degree shall be awarded using the following criteria and procedures.


  1. Nominations may come only from members of the Board of Trustees or the President.
  2. Honorary degrees may not be awarded to active Board of Trustee members, administrators or faculty members until at least two years after their association with the College.
  3. The number of honorary degrees that may be awarded at one time or in one academic year should be strictly limited.
  4. Honorary degrees are generally conferred at Commencement.


  1. The Board of Trustee Curriculum Committee will receive and review such nominations on behalf of the full Board. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Board for consideration.

Criteria: Nominees shall meet one or more of the following criteria.

      1. A distinguished alumnus/alumnae who has made a contribution of significance and value
      2. Someone who has provided significant assistance in supporting a new program, department or segment of the College
      3. Someone who has made a noteworthy contribution to MCCC students, faculty, to the College in general or the community at-large

  1. For awards to be made at Commencement, nominations should be received by the Board of Trustees Curriculum Committee by the April meeting date and considered for action at the April Board of Trustees meeting.