Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Nominate Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

The Committees on Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients invite nominations for Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients:

The committee is composed of one representative from each of the following four academic units: Education, Humanities, Science/Math, and Social Sciences, and one member from the non-school faculty, all elected by Faculty Senate for overlapping two-year terms. No representative may serve more than two consecutive terms. All nominations must be received by October 18 per calendar year. A nomination does not ensure acceptance.

Submit Your Nomination

Honorary Degree Committee

The Honorary Degree Committee shall consist of twelve members:

  1. Four trustees, selected by the Council of Trustees
  2. One graduate student
  3. Student trustee
  4. Three faculty representatives, one from each college, elected by Faculty Senate
  5. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ex officio member*
  6. Vice President for Advancement, to serve as the Chairperson, ex officio member*
  7. University President, ex officio member*

*Ex-officio members are non-voting members of the committee.

With the exception of the ex-officio members, the term of each committee member shall be for two years. There shall be no prejudice against reappointment or re-election.

Honorary Degree Policy (PDF)

Commencement Speaker Committee

The committee is composed of one representative from each of the following four
academic units as well as two student representatives:

  1. Education
  2. Humanities
  3. Science/Math
  4. Social Sciences
  5. one member from the non-school faculty
  6. one student representative is a chairperson of the University Board Speakers Committee
  7. one student is selected by the Student Senate for a one-year term

all elected by Faculty Senate for overlapping two-year terms. No representative may serve more than two consecutive terms.

Commencement Speaker Policy (PDF)