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 was Monday, February 23, 2015 and the nominees selected will be announced in January 2016. The deadline for the Academic Year 2014-2015 Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker nominations was Monday, February 24, 2014.


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:

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