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Selection Process

To guide its work, the Committee on Honorary Degrees has adopted the following criteria for reviewing nominations:

Submitting Nominations

Each spring the faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees seeks nominations for the following year. Any person may make a nomination. Nominations should include a:

Broad support from a department or group of faculty will strengthen the nomination. The quality of the supporting materials is very important, since the members of the Committee cannot be assumed to have independent knowledge of each candidate's achievements. The materials submitted serve as a basis for evaluating the qualifications of a nomination. Materials should be sent via e-mail to: honorarydegree@northwestern.edu or by postal delivery to:

Secretary, Committee on Honorary Degrees
Office of the Provost
Rebecca Crown Center

Nominating letters should be received no later than August 31 of the year prior to the year in which the degree might be awarded.

Review and Approval of Nominations

Recommendations of the Committee on Honorary Degrees are reviewed and voted on by the Faculty Senate each fall. The Senate then transmits its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval. Once the Board of Trustees approves the recommendations from the Faculty Senate, formal invitations are issued to the individuals. 

Honorary Degrees are conferred at Commencement ceremonies. Recipients must be present in order to receive the award.

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