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Honorary Degree Nominations for December 2017 Commencement Due April 15

February 15, 2017

The Commencement Committee invites nominations of candidates for honorary degrees for the December 2017 commencement ceremony.

Although nominations for candidates who are Idaho residents and/or UI graduates are encouraged, candidates do not have to be affiliated with Idaho or the university. The deadline to submit nominations is April 15, 2017.

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals deserving of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service or significant contributions to Idaho. Although preference is given to those who are Idaho residents or UI graduates, the university also honors persons who have made significant contributions to national and international scholarship or public service that advance the principles of academic excellence and public education upon which the university was founded.

No person who is employed by UI, is a member of the affiliate or adjunct faculties, is a member of the Board of Regents or of the Board’s staff, is an incumbent elected governmental official, or is employed by a governmental organization with which UI regularly does business may be granted an honorary degree until he or she has ceased to hold that position.

Nomination Procedures (see FSH 4930)

  • All aspects of the nomination process are confidential.

  • Any person or organization may submit nominations. However, each nomination must be endorsed by leadership of the appropriate college or academic department.

  • Include a biographical sketch of the candidate, a summary of the accomplishments or deeds for which the nominee would be honored, and any supporting documents. 

All nominations are to be sent to the Commencement Committee c/o the Faculty Secretary’s Office, Attention Anna Thompson, campus zip 1106. Contact: 208-885-6151 or

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