Doctor of Humane Letters


The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Latin: Litterarum humanarum doctor; DHumLitt; DHL; or LHD) is an honorary degree awarded to those who have distinguished themselves through humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to society.[1] The criteria for awarding the Doctor of Humane Letters degree differs between institutions; however, it is typically awarded to individuals who serve as keynote speakers at university events, or to individuals associated with the institution.[2] This flexibility has resulted in universities awarding unique variants of the Doctor of Humane Letters degree; in 1996, for example, Southampton College awarded Kermit the Frog an honorary "doctorate of Amphibious Letters" in recognition for his contribution to children's education.[3][4]


  1. ^ Eells, Walter Crosby; Haswell, Harold (1960). Academic degrees: earned and honorary degrees conferred by institutions of higher education in the United States. [United States. Office of Education] Bulletin ;1960, no. 28. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Doctor of Humane Letters". International Institute of Philanthropy. Archived from the original on 2017-04-16. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Dr. Kermit". 20 May 1996. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. ^ Carlin, Romano (11 July 2008). "Dishonorary Degrees". The Chronicle of Higher Education. No. v. 54 i. 44. Retrieved 12 August 2021.