Honorary Degree Nominations

Dear UIC Community:

The Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee invites you to submit nominations for consideration in awarding honorary degrees at UIC. Honorary degrees are the highest award conferred by UIC. An honorary degree may reward exemplary and extraordinary contributions either to the scholarly or professional world, to public service, or to UIC’s achievements and the ideals of its missions of teaching, research, service, and economic development. We welcome nominations of persons of national or international renown within or outside official academic disciplines, which is also the practice with most major institutions of higher education throughout the United States. Some relationship with UIC is desirable but not required for consideration, but in such a case, it is particularly necessary to explain why this individual is deserving of an honorary degree from UIC.

The approved guidelines for awarding honorary degrees at UIC, including eligibility criteria, nomination procedures, process and timelines can be accessed at: https://uofi.app.box.com/v/HonoraryDegreeGuidelines

A listing of previous honorary degree recipients is available at: http://commencement.uic.edu/about/history/honorary-degrees/

The deadline for receipt of official nominations and all supporting documents is noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

A nomination should be marked CONFIDENTIAL: HONORARY DEGREES and submitted electronically to: Senate Coordinator and Clerk, UIC Office of the Senate, edooley@uic.edu.


Joseph Kearney
Chair, Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee
and Honorary Degree Nominating Committee and
Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives at John Marshall Law School

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Dooley

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