Nomination Process

  1. Nominations are solicited from the University Community
  2. Nomination packets are due December 10th, 2021. Nominations should be submitted to Professor Kyle Miller, Chair of the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees at and must include:
    • the 2021-22 Honorary Degrees Nomination Form
    • statement explaining the basis for honoring the individual and referring to the selection criteria whenever possible;
    • vita (resume or biographical description);

    Supplemental materials which may include:

    • Additional information as appropriate (at least two letters of support, materials and writings that attest to the eminence of the candidate, etc.);
    • A letter from the college dean most appropriate to the nominated individual confirming that s/he is aware of and concurs with the nomination.
  3. Nomination packets are reviewed and discussed by the committee (if necessary, additional information can be requested from the nominator)
  4. The committee submits a final list of candidates to the University Senate for future commencements for a span of three years. (EX: Commencement 2021, 2022, and 2023)
  5. The University Senate approves nominations and forwards them to the Chancellor
  6. The Chancellor invites candidates
    • Only candidates who are able to come to Syracuse to receive an Honorary Degree may have such a degree conferred.

NOTE: Candidates who have been approved, but are unable to come to Syracuse, may be deferred for one (1) year. After that time, the candidates can be re-nominated.
Updated September 2021