are writing to invite you to nominate candidates for University
of Pennsylvania honorary degrees to be presented at the 2003 Commencement.
The criterion for selection is the degree to which the candidate
reflects the highest ideal of the University, which is to produce
graduates who change the world through innovative acts of scholarship,
scientific discovery, artistic creativity and/or societal leadership.
encourage you to involve your faculty colleagues in the procedure.
A nomination may be supported by more than one letter from faculty
in more than one department. Letters should state how the nominee
meets the criterion for selection, what the nominee's unique achievements
and contributions are, and why the nominee should be honored by
this University at this particular time. Please include as much
biographical and other supporting information as possible, but please
do not ask the nominee for information, because nominees should
not know that they are being considered. We particularly encourage
nominations from departments and schools whose fields have not been
recognized by honorary degrees in recent years. Please note that
it is University policy not to consider Penn standing or emeriti
faculty or trustees for Penn honorary degrees.
send letters of nomination on your official stationery and sign
them. Address nominations to the University Council Committee on
Honorary Degrees, c/o Office of the Secretary, 221 College Hall/6303.
Also, they may be faxed to (215) 898-0103. If you have any questions,
please e-mail or telephone Committee Liaison Molly D. Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (215) 898-6408.
are accepted with gratitude at any time during the year, but those
received after November 30, 2001, may not be able to be considered
for the 2003 Commencement. The University Council Committee's recommendations
are forwarded to the Trustees' Committee on Honorary Degrees and
Awards, which makes the final selection.
year, the University Council Honorary Degrees Committee reviews
previous nominations that have not yet been acted upon by the trustees.
It is not unusual for a candidate to be selected a few years after
the initial nomination. The list of those who have received University
of Pennsylvania honorary degrees in previous years can be found
degrees are an important statement of our values and aspirations
as a university, and we strongly encourage your participation in