Honorary Degree Nominations

The University of Utah 2020 Honorary Doctorate Degree

Submission deadline: October 4, 2019

The Board of Trustees of The University of Utah seeks nominations for recipients of the institution’s highest honor — the honorary doctorate degree.

Administration of the Award

The Honorary Degree Selection Committee, which includes representatives of the faculty, the student body, and the Board of Trustees, typically receives 20 to 25 nominations annually. From this pool of distinguished nominees, the committee will select the recipients to be awarded the honorary doctorate at the University’s Commencement Exercises on April 30, 2020.

Selection Criteria

In accordance with University Policy 9-002, honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction in academic pursuits, in the arts, in the professions, in business, in government, in civic affairs, or in service to the university.

Nomination Process

Nominations for this honor shall follow a two-step submittal process. The FIRST submittal shall be the completion of the nomination form along with a short biographical sketch of the nominee and specific information about nominee’s relationship to The University of Utah.

As needed, and at the sole discretion of the Honorary Degree Selection Committee, advocates for the nominees selected from the first round of applicants may be asked to submit a SECOND, more complete application package. This submittal would provide expanded detail regarding the significance and accomplishments of the candidate, one or more letters of endorsement, and references. Nominees who have not submitted a first-round application will not be considered, unless specifically solicited by the Honorary Degree Selection Committee.


Please note that the following are not eligible to be awarded an honorary doctorate: Current members of the State Board of Regents; current members of The University of Utah Board of Trustees; current members of The University of Utah faculty and staff.