One of the most prestigious honors any university can bestow is an honorary degree, a degree which is conferred honoris causa, that is, for the sake of honor. This degree recognizes an individual’s exceptional achievement or distinction in a field or activity consonant with the mission of the university. Through this major public action, the university is able to acknowledge worthy individuals of national and international acclaim whose accomplishments support the ideals of the university and serve as an example for our students, alumni, and society. Nominations may be made by the public or any member of the university community. Since the commencement speaker will also be awarded an honorary degree, nominations for the commencement speaker should follow the same guidelines as honorary degree candidates.
Nominations for the University Commencement speaker and honorary degrees to be awarded in May 2013 will be accepted until October 15, 2012. More information on the nomination process is available below.