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Committee on Honorary Degrees

Each year, Northwestern awards Honorary Degrees to a select group of individuals of exceptional accomplishment. Past recipients include exemplary scholars, artists, actors, writers, musicians, politicians, and social leaders. Learn more about the selection process and how to submit a nomination.

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2023 Honorary Degrees Faculty Committee Members

  • J.A. Adande, Associate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism, Medill
  • Geraldo Cadava, Professor, History, Weinberg
  • Sumit Dhar, ex officio, Associate Provost for Faculty
  • Celina Flowersex officio, Assistant Provost for Faculty, Office of the Provost
  • Kathleen Hagertyex officio, Provost
  • Therese McGuire, Professor, Strategy, Kellogg
  • Eric Perreault, Chair and Professor, Biomedical Engineering, McCormick
  • Diane Schanzenbach, Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy
  • James Speta, Professor, Law, Pritzker
  • Krista Thompson, Professor, Art History, Weinberg
  • Natasha Trethewey, Professor, English, Weinberg
  • Diane Wayne, Professor, Medicine and Medical Education, Feinberg
  • Florian Zettelmeyer, Professor, Marketing, Kellogg