I wouldn't list it. An honorary degree does not hold the same substantive merit as an earned degree. Certainly your father couldn't justifiably refer to himself as "doctor" despite having been conferred an honorary doctorate.It's really an award for life/professional, rather than academic, achievement.
in other words...if he has all the knowlege attainable...ready at his fingertips...what does it matter if it is honorary or not?
I agree that life achievement is frankly, qualitatively "better", or at least, the "equivalent" of formal academic recognition viz. a research doctorate. However, the honorary degree in itself is still not, technically, the equiavlent of an earned academic diploma and therefore, cannot be listed as such.For example, it is generally recognized as bad practice to list honorary doctorates as forming part of one's formal academic training in an employment CV, etc.Quote from: ! B L U E WAR R I O R..! on December 05, 2009, 11:29:02 PMin other words...if he has all the knowlege attainable...ready at his fingertips...what does it matter if it is honorary or not?Indeed, there are certainly many traditionally "erudite" individuals who have not earned formal academic recognition for "research", or a substantive "academic" contribution, per se. However, this is entirely beside the point. Doctorates are not conferred for knowledge alone, but rather, for achievements in knowledge through the "appropriate channels" (i.e. many years of time spent in service to the ivory tower).This is excluding the fact that universities often give away honorary doctorates like candy - usually annually.
i figure its better than leaving the space empty right?
Quote from: ! B L U E WAR R I O R..! on December 05, 2009, 10:59:06 PMi figure its better than leaving the space empty right?Even assuming that an honorary doctorate would be viewed as a similar achievement to an earned degree, isn't it 'better' in terms of applications when your parents aren't as educated? I mean, I always assumed that ad coms saw it as a (minor) positive soft factor, and a mark of greater achievement for you personally, that you had made it to where you were despite your parents' lack of education. I mean, wouldn't a student whose parents had only finished high school be more impressive than an identical applicant who has two parents with phd's?