|I don't know who this guy is. Hopefully he's not a Communist.|
Another example of when receiving an honorary doctorate does not confer dignity: When someone is given an honorary doctorate who simply deserves punishment and not reward. If Stalin were given an honorary doctorate the honor would be a pure farce. But thought well-of because of evil by evil people does not add worth.
So one must already have some dignity worthy of receiving an honorary doctorate in order have dignity from that honor--one must already have a good deal of dignity in fact. But the receiving of an honorary doctorate is not something that one deserves. The honorary doctorate is a supererogatory good. And the honoring of someone in this way adds dignity. One has now been honored by having an honorary doctorate. One has now been esteemed with this award and one now has the benefits and privileges therein.