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UK Graduate School Accepting Honorary Doctoral Degree Nominations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2021)  The University of Kentucky Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees (UJCHD) is seeking nominations for candidates for honorary doctorates to be conferred at the next Commencement ceremony. The honorary doctorate is the highest honor bestowed by the university.

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.  

Complete information and instructions for honorary doctoral nominations can be accessed at the link here. The submission deadline for nomination packages to be uploaded is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

The titles and definitions of honorary doctoral degrees are listed below: 

Honorary Doctor of Arts: To recognize extraordinary accomplishments in the creative arts, fine arts, performing arts or related field.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: To recognize extraordinary accomplishments in law, politics, governance, diplomacy or related fields.

Honorary Doctor of Science: To recognize extraordinary accomplishments in scientific fields.

Honorary Doctor of Engineering: To recognize extraordinary accomplishments in engineering, design, technology or related fields.

Honorary Doctor of Humanities: To recognize extraordinary accomplishments in the humanities.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: To recognize extraordinary contributions to philanthropy, human development, education or societal well-being.

The list of honorary degrees awarded, dating back to 1886, is located here.

Please direct any questions to Morris Grubbs or Martha Peterson in the UK Graduate School. 

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