An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, study and the passing of examinations.
A few former presidents and our current president who have received honorary degrees include:
President Barack Obama – Notre Dame
George W. Bush – Yale University
Bill Clinton – Howard University
Jimmy Carter – Morehouse College, 1972; Morris Brown College, 1972; University of Notre Dame, 1977; Emory University, 1979; University of Pennsylvania, 1998
President Barack Obama and pormer President Jimmy Carter are the only presidents to receive an honorary degree from the same college.