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Honorary Degrees

Awarding an honorary degree is an opportunity for the university to recognize someone especially outstanding in a field of interest to the university. It is necessary, though not sufficient, for a nominee to be accomplished and renowned in his or her field; an honorary-degree recipient should be clearly exceptional among other outstanding persons in that field.

Eligibility for Nomination 

Any person affiliated with Northern Illinois University may submit a nomination, indicating the nominator’s identity and connection with the university.

  • Honorary degrees may be awarded by the university in recognition of persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state or national level in education, public service, literature, business or the professions.
  • The degrees that may be awarded are the Doctor of Law (LL.D.), Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), Doctor of Literature (Litt.D.) and Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.).
  • A connection to NIU or to the State of Illinois is not a requirement for nomination, any such relationship should be noted and will be considered during the selection process.
  • Members and employees of the Board of Trustees and members and employees of the IBHE are ineligible during the term of their office or employment.

Required Materials

Any person affiliated with Northern Illinois University may submit a nomination, indicating the nominator’s identity and connection with the university.

  • A supporting narrative that clearly indicates the nominee’s distinction, in business, education, the liberal arts and sciences, technology, the fine arts, other professional fields, or public service.
  • One or more standard biographical statements from appropriate reference sources (these are not substitutes for the narrative indicated above).
  • Current contact information for the nominee should also be included.

Submit nominiation materials to:

Bradley Bond, Dean
The Graduate School
Northern Illinois University
180 Stadium Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

Nomination Deadline

To be Announced