Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

President Coleman asks for honorary degree nominees

President Mary Sue Coleman seeks input regarding individuals who may be worthy of receiving honorary degrees from U-M.

Coleman indicated the nominees, who will be considered by the university’s Honorary Degree Committee, “may be eminent scholars, scientists, artists, or professionals who have advanced their disciplines in important ways, or they may be individuals outside of the academic world who have made particularly distinguished contributions to society in areas such as public service, business, religion, government, or the arts.”

The committee also is interested in nominees who would be appropriate to deliver a commencement address because commencement speakers ordinarily receive honorary degrees.

“The university strives for a robust pool of honorees from all backgrounds, and I especially encourage you to suggest distinguished women, members of minority groups, and other individuals with a connection to the University of Michigan whose accomplishments we may wish to celebrate,” Coleman says.

The Honorary Degree Committee meets twice a year, ordinarily in fall and spring.  Nominations may be submitted at any time. Nominations to be considered at the fall meeting should be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 2.

For a full overview of the nomination process, as well as past recipients honored by U-M, go to The Web site also has an online form that may be used to submit nominations. The nomination form also may be downloaded and submitted by e-mail, fax or mail to:

Honorary Degree Committee
c/o Homer Rose
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
1120 Rackham
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-1070
Fax: 734-763-2447

Questions can be directed to or 734-764-4400.