Call for Honorary Degree
We invite you to nominate candidates to receive honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania at upcoming Commencement exercises. Candidates should exemplify the highest ideals of the University, which seeks to educate those who will change the world through innovative scholarship, scientific discovery, artistic creativity and/or societal leadership.
We encourage you to involve your faculty colleagues, within and across departments and schools, in the nomination process. Nominations should explain how nominees meet the criterion for selection and outline the nominees’ achievements and contributions. Please include as much biographical and other supporting information as possible, but do not contact the nominees, who should not know that they are being considered. We particularly encourage nominations from departments and schools whose fields have not been recognized by the award of honorary degrees in recent years. Please note that it is University policy not to consider Penn standing faculty, trustees, or school and center overseers for Penn honorary degrees.
Nominations are welcome any time. Review is ongoing and candidates may ultimately be selected several years after their initial nominations. The University Council Committee’s recommendations are forwarded to the Trustee Committee on Honorary Degrees and Awards, which makes the final selection. The list of previous University of Pennsylvania honorary degree recipients can be found at www.upenn.edu/commencement/hist/honorary.html.
Please send signed letters of nomination on your official stationery to: University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees, c/o Office of the University Secretary, 211 College Hall/6303. Nominations may also be faxed to (215) 898-0103. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 898-6408.
We are pleased to announce that Penn emeritus faculty will be eligible to receive honorary degrees beginning in 2005-2006. University deans will nominate emeritus members of the faculty from their schools, and the Council of Deans will forward successful nominations to the University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees.
Honorary degrees are important statements of Penn’s values and aspirations, and we strongly encourage your participation in this process.
—David Brownlee, Chair,
University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees
—Amy Gutmann, President
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 9, October 25, 2005
October 25, 2005
Volume 52 Number 9