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Honorary Degree Nomination Procedures

Please note the following when completing the honorary degree nomination form.


The IAHDB and its Partnered Universities celebrates inspiring individuals, who are role models responsible for transformative legacies locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally in all fields of endeavour including, but not limited to:
• Leading academics in all disciplines
• Creative minds in arts and performance
• Athletes of extraordinary achievement
• Public intellectuals and opinion-makers
• Visionary leaders in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors
• Contributors of long-standing and exemplary service to the IAHDB and its Partnered Universities
• Community builders and philanthropists
In accepting an honorary degree, the recipient also honours the spirit of the IAHDB and its Partnered Universities commitment to the uplifting of the whole people.

Please try to obtain current contact information for a nominee, but to avoid disappointment and to respect the privacy of those consulted, please do not inform a nominee of their nomination.

Anyone – any member of the public or the IAHDB and its Partnered Universities community – may submit a nomination.
Please include the nominator’s current contact information.
Nominators will also require the support of three other individuals who agree to submit letters of reference.

In no more than 150 words summarize the nominee’s extraordinary achievements or outstanding service in our local community or around the world. This summary statement should answer the question:

How has the nominee made a fundamental difference or transformative contribution to society?

In 500 words - or up to two pages - outline how the nominee is unique and exceptional. The reasons for nomination answers some or all of the following questions:
• Who is the nominee and what makes them exceptional?
• What did the nominee accomplish? Please include details as to where and when achievements or service took place, as well as any achievements outside their area of expertise.
• Why is the nominee’s impact and legacy important to our local, provincial, national, and/or international communities?
• How may the nominee’s address at the Convocation ceremony inspire new graduates and other members of the university community and the public?

In 500 words - up to two pages - include the following information in point form about the nominee:
• Education
• Career - positions held, including academic, professional, business, and volunteer roles
• Community involvement and/or leadership
• Awards or recognition received
• Connection, if any, to the IAHDB and its Partnered Universities (for information - not an honorary degree requirement)

Letters from three informed and distinguished referees offer additional commentary on the achievements and character of the nominee. Referees should answer some or all of the following questions:
• How long have you known the nominee and/or in what capacity are you familiar with the nominee’s achievements?
• What impact has the nominee had on their field of endeavour and communities locally, provincially, nationally, or internationally?
• What makes the nominee exceptional? How do they stand out from their peers?
• What has the nominee also accomplished outside of their professional sphere, including any personal commitments or service above and beyond their primary role?
• As a convocation speaker, how may the nominee’s perspectives and insights inspire University of Alberta graduates and enrich our learning community?

Please note the following when completing the honorary degree nomination form.

in digital copy to:

College Campus
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