I believe universities should not give honorary degrees. It has no meaning as long as universities award this degree in exchange for donations. In practice, it works for some universities. University of Virginia, MIT, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Stanford, CIT and Rice Universities don’t give honorary degrees [W]. I wish we had a similar policy in Lehigh, too. Instead, medals can be given to people if they are truly special as UCLA gives UCLA medal to such individuals. I salute Thomas Jefferson!