Call for May 2018 Honorary Degree Nominations

In accordance with the University Senate’s new procedure, we are announcing a second call for honorary degree nominations for the 2018 commencement ceremony for Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–New Brunswick (including Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences). Nominations for the May 2018 ceremony will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2016.

An honorary degree is one of the most prestigious honors the university can bestow on an individual. 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 recognized.
  • 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 standing.
  • 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.

All members of the university community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration. Nominations will be kept confidential and nominees should not be contacted. Learn more about the honorary degree nomination process.

Nominations must be submitted using the Guidelines on Honorary Degrees and the Honorary Degree Nomination Form along with appropriate biographical information, a curriculum vitae, if available, and other supporting material (please provide actual documentation and not website links). A well-written nomination form is often more persuasive than a lengthy curriculum vitae. You may send nominations and supporting documentation electronically, by U. S. Postal Service, or by campus mail to:

Ms. Kimberlee M. Pastva
Secretary of the University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Winants Hall, Room 112
7 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1260

We welcome your participation in this important university process. If you have questions on the nomination or selection process, please contact Kimberlee M. Pastva at or via phone at (848) 932-7434.

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