The Rank of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor is not a Degree but an Investiture bestowed upon members deserving recognition for faithful services to the Rite. The respective Sovereign Grand Inspectors General or Deputies likewise nominate members for this honor, and these must also be unanimously approved by The Supreme Council. This Investiture is a prerequisite of receiving the Thirty-third Degree at some later time, though relatively few receive this distinction.
All Scottish Rite jurisdictions nominate a select few members to receive the 33rd Degree, Inspector General Honorary, in recognition of outstanding service to the Rite, or in public life, to the principles taught in the degrees. In the Southern Jurisdiction, the Supreme Council chooses 33rd degree members from among those who have previously received the rank and decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honor. Members unanimously elected become honorary members of the Supreme Council. The Thirty-third Degree may not be requested. The 33rd Degree is conferred solely out of recognition for outstanding services.
The Grand Cross is the highest honor bestowed by the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.