Call for Honorary Degree Nominations

Date Published: 
October 7, 2016

One of the highlights of UNC Charlotte’s Commencement is the recognition of individuals for exceptional and distinctive service to the University or the larger community with an Honorary Degree from UNC Charlotte. The Faculty Honorary Degree Advisory Committee requests assistance in nominating persons for this honor.

By way of background, the following criteria have been established by the Board of Trustees regarding prospective nominees:

  1. exceptional and distinctive achievements on behalf of  the University, the region, state or nation;
  2. state, national or international esteem because of activities recognized as significant in higher education;
  3. eminent achievement in scholarship, high distinction in public affairs, outstanding accomplishments in humanitarian endeavors or artistic attainment;
  4. high qualities of character and personal reputation;
  5. not currently employed by The University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
  6. former faculty and staff eligible if they have achieved distinction in a second career or in work unrelated to their university positions;
  7. merit rather than popularity.

A nomination should include the full name of the nominee; a vita, resume, and/or biography; and a statement of the rationale for the nomination. The nomination must also include the name of the nominator in order to be considered by the Committee. Confidentiality is very important. Therefore, the nominee should not know of his or her nomination.  In addition, if you have previously nominated an individual and would like to share any additional contributions of that nominee, you are welcome to submit supplementary materials.

The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016. Nominations should be directed via email to Matthew Wyse, Faculty Governance Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, at mwyse@uncc.edu.  For more information or questions, please contact Murray Webster, Chairperson, Nominations, Honors, and Awards Committee, at 704-687-7806 or mawebste@uncc.edu.