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UK Graduate School Seeks Nominations for Honorary Doctoral Degrees

Viriginia Carter received doctorate from President Eli Capilouto
Virginia Carter receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities at December 2018 Commencement. Photo by: Morris Grubbs.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees is currently seeking nomination packages for candidates of honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded at the university's Commencement ceremonies in December 2020. The deadline for nominations is April 6, 2020.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University of Kentucky.  The selection committee will follow the criteria, principles and guidelines approved by the University Senate and Board of Trustees.  

The nomination package for a nominee must include a primary letter of nomination, at least two letters of support and the nominee’s bio (or resume or CV).  

An honorary doctorate pays tribute to those whose life and work exemplify professional, intellectual or artistic achievement; recognizing and appreciating those who have made significant contributions to society, the state and the University of Kentucky. 

For complete criteria and directions on the nomination process, as well as the full list of previous recipients, please visit the Graduate School’s Honorary Doctoral Degrees webpage.

Please direct any questions to Morris Grubbs or Brian Jackson in the UK Graduate School.  

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