Wilkes University


Call for Honorary Degree Nominations- Fall 2015

The Honorary Degree Committee invites nominations for candidates for Wilkes University honorary degrees.

Persons selected to receive honorary degrees may come from a variety of fields, such as the arts, sciences, humanities, public service, health care, athletics, law, or business.  The University will recognize individuals who have attained achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction.  In all cases they should have a demonstrated record of accomplishment consonant with the ideals of the University.  When possible, the University seeks to identify native Pennsylvanians for the recognition they have brought, or contributions they have made, to the Commonwealth.
Honorary degrees shall not be awarded to members of the University faculty, staff, or trustees so long as the relationship exists.
Each fall, nominations for honorary degree candidates are requested from the University community.  Nominees not selected may be held for consideration at a future date.  The list of those who have received honorary degrees from Wilkes is available on line and can be accessed at http://www.wilkes.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/commencement/past-ceremonies/honorary-degrees.aspx /.
The University may confer honorary degrees at any of its commencement ceremonies, and in unusual circumstances, at other appropriate academic functions.  Recipients of honorary degrees must accept the degree in person.  Honorary degrees may be awarded posthumously.
Please send letters of nomination on departmental letterhead and forward them to:
Paul S. Adams
 Chair, Honorary Degree Committee
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Nominations will be accepted anytime during the year, but those received after November 15, 2015 may not be able to be considered for the 2016 Commencement.