UW Honorary Degree Nomination Deadline November 1st


Nominations for 2019 University of Wyoming honorary degrees are due to the Office of the President by Thursday, November 1st.

UW alumni, current or former trustees and faculty all are eligible to submit written nominations for awards to be presented at spring commencement. Submissions are referred to a joint committee of trustees and faculty members, which will forward recommendations to the full Board of Trustees for approval.

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“An honorary degree from the University of Wyoming recognizes individuals who reflect the university’s highest ideals and values, and exemplify the concepts of excellence, service and integrity,” says UW President Laurie Nichols. “These degrees recognize distinguished accomplishments in all professions, public service or service to humanity. These are among the highest honors a university can confer.”

Each nomination should include the name of the nominee, provide contact information and address at least one of the following criteria: outstanding contribution to the lives of the people of Wyoming; outstanding career or lifetime accomplishment on a state, national or international level by an alumna or alumnus of UW; or accomplishments so exemplary as to have won recognition on a national or international level with relevance to Wyoming.

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination that describes fully how the nominee meets at least one of the above criteria; a vitae or similar document describing the nominee’s accomplishments (not to exceed 10 pages), including a list of public recognitions, public presentations, awards, honors and publications; a one or two-paragraph summary describing the nominee’s qualifications along with two letters of support detailing explicit examples of how the nominee meets the criteria.

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Those who are not eligible for honorary degrees are UW employees (except emeritus faculty) and public office holders, or those who left office less than one year ago along with their immediate family members.

Submissions should be sent to: UW President Laurie Nichols, Department 3434, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071; or by email to [email protected].

For more information, call (307) 766-4121 or go online to www.uwyo.edu/regs-policies/_files/docs/policies/honorary_degree_policy_final_9-20-18.pdf.