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Honorary Degree Nominations

An Honorary Degree is one of the most prestigious honors the College can bestow on an individual. This degree recognizes their exceptional achievement or distinction in a field or activity consistent with the mission of Spelman.

The Honorary Degree Committee is currently soliciting nominations of individuals eligible to receive an honorary degree.  Eligible candidates who are endorsed by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees will be added to the list of approved honorary degree candidates.

We encourage you to nominate those persons:
  • of unusual ability, who have distinguished themselves within their profession;
  • whose accomplishments are of national and/or international note, particularly in areas which improve the human condition;
  • whose lives have had a significant impact on Spelman College.

Submission Procedures

To be considered complete, your nomination must include:
  • a letter in support of the candidate detailing why they should be honored;
  • a curricula vitae; and
  • additional supporting documentation.
Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Board of Trustees via fax at 404-270-5487, emailed to boardoftrustees@spelman.edu or by campus mail:

Spelman College
Office of the Board of Trustees
350 Spelman Lane
P.O. Box 1701
Atlanta, GA 30314

Submission Deadline

All nominations must be received by Monday, November 30, 2015.

Candidates and Past Honorees

You may download a list of candidates who have been approved by the Board of Trustees, but have yet to receive a degree; as well as a list of all past honorary degree recipients.  

Past recipients are not eligible to receive an additional honorary degree, and it is not necessary to nominate candidates already on the approved list as they will automatically be considered. 

Please note: honorary degrees are not awarded posthumously.

Review Procedures

All completed nominations that are received by the deadline will be forwarded to the Honorary Degree Committee for review to ensure each nominee meets the stated criteria.  All eligible nominees will then be presented to the faculty for a vote.  At the January 2016 Board meeting, the list of candidates endorsed by the faculty will be presented to the Trustees for approval.

President Campbell will select the 2016 honorary degree recipients from the list of approved candidates, in consultation with the Honorary Degree Committee and the Office of Alumnae Affairs.

Final Selection Process

Each year several factors are taken into consideration in the final selection process for any given year including:
  • candidates’ disciplinary affiliation;
  • availability; and
  • relevancy to current events and institutional priorities. 
Candidates on the approved list who are not selected in a given year will remain on the list for consideration in the future. 

We look forward to your participation in this important process.