Honorary Degrees

DATE: September 9, 2015
TO: University Faculty; Senior Cabinet; Council of Deans; Selected Directors; Presidents of Faculty Senate, Supportive Professional Staff Council, Operating Staff Council, and Student Association
FROM: Bradley Bond, Dean, Graduate School and
Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
RE: Nominations for Honorary Degrees

By this correspondence, I am issuing the annual call for nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded from Northern Illinois University.  Please share this with interested parties.

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. While a connection to Northern Illinois University 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.

A nomination must be accompanied by:

      • A supporting narrative that clearly indicates the nominee’s distinction, as mentioned above, 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.

Any person affiliated with Northern Illinois University may submit a nomination, indicating the nominator’s identity and connection with the University. The Honorary Degree Committee encourages nominations by groups as well as by individuals. Nominators should alert all university departments and divisions related to the area of the nominee’s accomplishments and invite those units to provide the Committee with input regarding the merits of the nomination.

As the University does not intend to award more than two honorary degrees in a year, the selection process is stringent. Furthermore, as the Committee recommendations subsequently pass through several other approval steps, the process is lengthy. This year’s nominations, with the required supporting information, should reach me by Monday, November 2, 2015.

Names of past recipients of the NIU Honorary Degrees are available on the Division of Academic Affairs website: Award Recipient List 

cc:  Graduate Council
      Honorary Degree Committee