Dear Dr Carol Ryff,
It is a great honor for me to explain to you and everybody present at this solemn occasion why the University of Humanistic Studies has decided to bestow an honorary doctorate upon you.
Let me start by saying that I take it for granted that everybody accepts that your scientific and scholarly work is of the highest quality. Your own review article Psychological Well-Being Revisited (just published online) supplies sufficient evidence for this and for the wide impact of your work since 1989. Scientific quality is a conditio sine qua non for an honorary degree. The University of Humanistic Studies, however, has more specific reasons for conferring it on you.