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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 consonant with the mission of Spelman.

The Honorary Degree Committee is currently soliciting nominations to add 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

Your nomination shall consist of three components:

  • 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 email at boardoftrustees@spelman.edu, fax 404-270-5487 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 Friday, October 31, 2014

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

Once all nominations are received, the Honorary Degree Committee will convene to ensure each nominee meets the stated criteria. All eligible nominees will then be presented to the faculty for a vote. A list of candidates endorsed by the faculty will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval at its Winter meeting.

The final selection of 2016 invitees will be identified from the approved list by the President of Spelman College in consultation with the Honorary Degree Committee. 

Final Selection Process

Several factors are taken into consideration in the final selection process for any given year including:

  • candidates’ disciplinary affiliation
  • availability
  • 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.