Honorary Degree Nomination

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Honorary Degree Nomination

Introduction

The deadline for nominations is October 14, 2016.

The University is currently seeking nominations of individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields to receive an honorary degree at the 2017 commencement ceremonies. The University is cognizant of the fact that the granting of honorary degrees can bring much deserved recognition to chosen individuals. It is equally important to note that such awards can bring distinction and honor to the University. The selection of candidates for honorary degrees and the ceremonies in which these honors are granted must therefore be conducted with great care and dignity. 

The Guidelines for Candidates for Honorary Degree

  1. The nomination for an honorary degree may be submitted to the Office of the President by any member of the faculty, staff, student body, Board of Trustees or alumnus of Rowan University. While nominations may be submitted by persons other than those listed, such will require the co-sponsorship of a representative of any one of the aforementioned groups.
  2. Nominations shall be made only through the completion of the regular nomination form which may be secured from the Office of the President of Rowan University or electronically on line from the application at the bottom of this page.
  3. While Steps 1 and 2 apply in the case of honorary degrees awarded at the annual Commencement, the Selection Committee may recommend recipients to the Board of Trustees at any time for other special occasions.
  4. Candidates for honorary degrees shall never be denied or eliminated from possible selection on the basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, or other protected classification.
  5. Nominations will be received by the President’s Office through the date specified in the letter of announcement to the university community, and will be promptly forwarded to the appropriate college. 
  6. Each college will convene a committee comprised of faculty, students, administration and staff members of the college. Representatives from non-academic units from across campus(es) will also be represented on each college-level committee.
  7. The college-level committees will meet once the submission period has ended to review nominations.
  8. The dean of each college will then notify the liaison to the Board of Trustees of the college-level committee’s selection. The liaison will provide the date and time of the dean’s presentation to the Honorary Degree Committee.
  9. The dean of each college will present the chosen nominee to the Honorary Degree Committee. The Honorary Degree Committee will make its recommendation(s) to the President in time to allow for deliberation, discussion and submission to the Board of Trustees at its December meeting. The President shall contact the successful candidate(s) directly.
  10. The honorary degree shall be granted in recognition of outstanding achievement by a candidate in his or her respective field. Nominees should also have a strong connection to the University. Members of the administration and faculty of Rowan University are not eligible for consideration while holding full-time positions at the university.
  11. Care shall be exercised in developing all public written statements that underscore a recipient’s accomplishments, so that the basis for conferral of the honorary degree will be clearly understood not only by the university community but by the general public as well.
  12. The nominations as well as the Committee’s deliberations and recommendations shall remain confidential. Nominees should not be notified of their nomination. All letters, applications and notes will be collected, retained or disposed of by the secretary to the committee.
  13. One of the conditions for the awarding of the honorary degree is that the candidate be present at Commencement or the designated special ceremonial event. Honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia. Posthumous honorary degrees are an exception to this criterion.

Selection Committee

The Rowan University Honorary Degree Selection Committee shall be comprised of the following representatives:

  1. The chairman of the Board of Trustees, or members of the Board designated by the chairman;
  2. The president of Rowan University, or a member of the administrative staff designated by the president;
  3. The Liaison to the Board (convener, permanent member – without vote);
  4. The president of the Rowan University Alumni Association, or a member designated by the Association’s president;
  5. The president of the University Senate, or a person designated by the president of the Senate;
  6. The president of the organization which is recognized as the faculty and professional staff bargaining agent, or a person designated by the president of the organization;
  7. The president of the Student Government Association, or a member of the SGA designated by the Association’s president; and
  8. A graduate student attending Rowan University and designated by the Vice President of the Division of Global Learning and Partnerships.

The majority of the Committee’s membership shall change yearly and the Board Liaison will convene the meeting.

The deadline for nominations is October 14, 2016.

Click here for a list of past Honorary Degree recipients.

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Honorary Degrees
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