Commencement may seem far away, but it’s time to begin the honorary degree selection process — and we rely on your nominations! Each year at Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies, USJ awards honorary degrees (Doctor of Humane Letters) to members of the local, national, and global communities.
We are seeking nominations for candidates who, through personal and professional achievements, reflect the University’s mission and stand out as excellent role models for our students.
To nominate a candidate please:
All nominations will be reviewed by the Honorary Degree Award Nomination Committee; final recommendations will be sent to President Rhona Free and selected nominations will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval to be added to the list of potential honorary degree recipients.
Each candidate’s suitability will be evaluated by the Honorary Degree Committee based on the following criteria:
To offer examples, recent honorary degree recipients include:
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