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Nominations for Honorary Degree for May Commencement Due Nov. 15

September 22, 2017

Nominations of candidates for honorary degrees for the May 2018 commencement ceremony are due by Nov. 15, 2017.

  • Completed nominations must be submitted to

  • The nomination instructions may be found in the

Nominations require:
  • Endorsement by the appropriate college dean and unit administrator (letter of support) 

  • Biographical sketch of the candidate 

  • Summary of the candidate's accomplishments or deeds for which the nominee would be honored 

  • Supporting documents for accomplishments or deeds 

All aspects of the nomination process are confidential. Any person or organization may submit a nomination and the nomination must include all required components.

Nominees may not be:

  • employed by UI

  • a member of the affiliate or adjunct faculties

  • a member of the University's Board of Regents or Idaho State Board of Education Staff

  • an incumbent of an elected governmental office or currently employed by a governmental organization which the university regularly does business. 

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 it is not a requirement. The university 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.

Questions can be directed to Sanjay Sisodiya,, current chair of the Commencement Committee or to Joana Espinoza, in the Provost Office.

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at