Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Nominations Academic Year 2015-2016


Members of the University of Vermont Community are invited to submit nominations of potential Honorary Degree recipients and persons to be considered to deliver the Commencement address. The Honorary Degree Advisory Committee, appointed by the President, identifies those candidates who best meet the established criteria and provides recommendations to the President. It is the President’s authority to select the Commencement Speaker, in consultation with the Committee, who may also be recommended to receive an Honorary Degree. The Committee may also recommend that nominees be awarded Honorary Degrees. Honorary Degrees are typically awarded at either December or May Commencement exercises. For further information regarding this process, please visit the University Operating Procedure for Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speaker.

Nomination Timeline

The Academic Year 2015-2016 Nomination Timeline has been designed to allow time to make arrangements and give notice as appropriate. The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 23, 2015 and the nominees selected will be announced in January 2016.

The Academic Year 2014-2015 Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker nominees that were selected will be announced by the President in January 2015.


In conferring an Honorary Degree and recommending a Commencement Speaker, the University of Vermont has historically recognized distinction in at least one of three general areas:

Of particular interest is to identify Honorary Degree candidates and a Commencement Speaker who exemplify or reflect the University values, goals and strategic priorities.

The Committee will also consider the following in evaluating nominees:

Nomination Form

*Please note that the University of Vermont only awards one Honorary Degree in a recipient’s lifetime. In order to determine if your nominee was a past recipient, please review the Past Honorary Degree Recipients List.

Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker nominations may be submitted online. To participate in the online nomination process, please click on the link below:

Academic Year 2015-2016 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Nomination Form

If you prefer to mail your nomination, please send the information requested here to Honorary Degree Advisory Committee Coordinator Erin Dickinson, 358 Waterman Building, 85 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, 05405.

Nominations must be complete in order to be considered. Additionally, please note that it is imperative that nominations are kept confidential. Academic Year 2015-2016 nominees selected will be announced by the President in January 2016. If your nominee was not selected, you may resubmit your nomination for consideration the following year. The Honorary Degree Advisory Committee withholds the right to consider nominees for the following years without resubmission.

For more information, please contact Assistant Trustee Coordinator Erin Dickinson at (802) 656-0358 or by email to edickinson@uvm.edu