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An honorary degree award is conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished individual’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general. This award recognizes exemplary, extraordinary, and distinguished contributions to knowledge and creativity in a specific field, or sustained activity of uncommon merit. The awarding of an honorary degree forges a relationship between Illinois and the recipient, publicly recognizing the accomplishments of an outstanding individual and strengthening public recognition of Illinois’ mission and values through the association.


Honorary degree award candidates should have demonstrated in their life and in their work high standards of excellence as evidenced by one or more of the following (non-exhaustive list).


Nominations must be:

Nominations must not be:


For full consideration by the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees, the nominator and/or nominating unit should submit the following information.

Completed packets should be submitted:

Electronically via PDF to:
Franci Miller

In hard copy form to:
Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees
228 English Building | M/C 461
608 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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