Commencement Speaker and
Honorary Degree Nominations
for 2013 Commencement

Background

Please note that the process for nominations for Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speaker Candidates for Commencement 2012 has already been completed. Candidates will be announced in January 2012.

In September 2011, the Honorary Degree Work Group initiated the process of identifying Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker candidates for the May 2013 Commencement Ceremony. The Honorary Degree Work Group will be tasked to narrow these nominations and recommend a list of 3-5 Honorary Degree nominees, as well as a proposed Commencement Speaker, to the Board of Trustees at their May 2012 meeting.  The Board’s practice is not to approve specific nominations, but to adopt a resolution authorizing the President to award Honorary Degrees and to select a Commencement Speaker in consultation with the Work Group. The Commencement Speaker may also receive an Honorary Degree.

Criteria

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:

  1. Outstanding achievement or service at or for the benefit of the University of Vermont.
  2. Outstanding achievement or service in or for the benefit of the State of Vermont.
  3. Outstanding achievement or service in the nation or the world.

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 Work Group will also consider the following in evaluating nominees:

Nomination Timeline

Please note that the deadline for the May 2013 Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker nominations is Monday, February 20, 2012. The timeline has been designed to allow time to make arrangements and give notice as appropriate. The complete timeline can be found here.

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 click here.

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

May 2013 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Nomination Form

If you prefer to mail your nomination, please send the information requested here to Harry Chen, Honorary Degree Work Group Leader, c/o Assistant Trustee Coordinator Erin St. John, 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. Nominees selected will be announced by the President in January 2013. If your nominee was not selected, you may resubmit your nomination for consideration the following year. Of note, the Honorary Degree Work Group withholds the right to consider nominees for the following years without resubmission. 

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