The Committee on Honorary Degrees is accepting nominations for outstanding candidates to receive a UW-Madison Honorary Degree in spring 2022.
An honorary degree is one of the highest awards given by the university and the University of Wisconsin System. The Committee on Honorary Degrees evaluates nominees who have shown outstanding service to humanity globally, nationally, or locally. The committee looks for achievements that have enhanced lives though contributions to scholarship or through artistic talent and creativity, and, importantly, evidence of a dedication to the Wisconsin idea, broadly construed.
Nominations must be supported by an academic unit but the idea may come from anyone. The committee encourages campus colleagues to consider the luminaries in their fields as well as those whose contributions have not yet been widely recognized. Nominations do not require a tie to UW-Madison, the University of Wisconsin System, or the state of Wisconsin.
This preliminary nomination is simple: (1) a short letter less than two pages documenting the nominee’s extraordinary contributions to a field or profession, and to society, and (2) the nominee’s curriculum vitae, or in its absence, information about the nominee ordinarily presented in a curriculum vitae (for example, the person’s Wikipedia page). Submit through the Honorary Degree Nomination Form, or email to Jane Richard in the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.
- The process is highly confidential; in particular, the nominee should not be told of the nomination.
- Self-nominations are not accepted.
- For details on standards and procedures, including eligibility, see: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-878 and https://www.wisconsin.edu/regents/policies/honorary-doctorate-degrees/.
- Lists of notable UW alumni (https://www.uwalumni.com/about/notable-alumni/) and previous honorary degree recipients (https://secfac.wisc.edu/awards-lectures/honorary-degrees/recipients/) might be good starting points for brainstorming, but – again – nominees do not have to have a prior connection to UW.
- For questions, please contact Jane Richard in the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.
Although nominations may be submitted any time, for candidates to be considered for spring 2022, the preliminary proposal must be submitted by April 16, 2021, using the Honorary Degree Nomination Form.
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