Call for 2016 Honorary Degree Nominations

Honorary degree nominations for the 2016 commencement ceremonies for Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–New Brunswick are now being accepted.  All members of the university community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 7, 2015.

Nominees should be individuals of outstanding regional, national or international acclaim. They should add to the distinction and tradition of the university and should have attained scholarly excellence or made major contributions to society in their field. Some examples are leading academics, visionary leaders, public intellectuals, creative minds in arts and performance, and philanthropists. Nominators should ensure that all nominees are individuals whose accomplishments support the ideals of Rutgers.

Honorary degrees may be awarded in four categories based upon the standards listed below:

  • Doctor of Laws: Distinguished service to state or to nation, to learning or to humankind, coupled with intellectual gifts and moral qualities that entitle the recipient to rank with persons of culture and high principle.
  • Doctor of Letters or Doctor of Fine Arts: Distinguished service to letters, art, performance, music or education, coupled with intellectual and moral qualities that are widely
  • Doctor of Science: Distinguished service to science, coupled with personal qualities and a kind of learning that entitles the recipient to recognition by a learned educational body of high
  • Doctor of Humane Letters: Distinguished service of a general nature, coupled with personal qualities and a kind of learning that entitles the recipient to recognition by a learned educational body of high standing.

 

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