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Is There a Doctor in the House?
Berklee has a long-standing tradition of presenting honorary doctor of music degrees to those who have made significant contributions to contemporary music. In addition to honoring individuals worthy of this important recognition, the college seeks to demonstrate to students, their parents, and the musical and educational communities the stature of our institution and the type of educational mission to which we are committed.
The honors committee is seeking input from Berklee alumni about those you feel are deserving of this recognition. (Visit for a list of those already honored.) The following are the guidelines for nominating future honorees.

  • Candidates should have sufficient stature in the contemporary musical community, reflecting extensive experience, public visibility, and a consistent reputation for the highest standards in the community.
  • Candidates should be recognizable and meaningful to our students, their parents, our faculty, and the musical community.
  • The work and image of candidates should relate to the image of Berklee and our college mission.
  • Candidates' musical work should be appropriate for presentation in a concert by our student performers.
  • Candidates should have the ability to speak effectively to the student/parent assembly.
  • Candidates may have an ongoing supportive relationship with the college that serves as a recommendation for being selected as a candidate.
  • In most circumstances, candidates must be available to come to the college for the convocation or commencement on the dates specified in the college calendar and be available to attend the reception and tribute concert associated with the event.

Send names of candidates to Tom Riley at Include a supporting statement, outlining how your candidate fulfills Berklee's guidelines for choosing honorary degree recipients.