Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degree Nomination Procedures (revised 5/21/13)

Grand Valley State University, as a leading public university in the State of Michigan, recognizes a particular responsibility to acknowledge and honor persons of outstanding and distinguished achievement and/or public service. These candidates are typically considered for commencement speaker as well. The honorary doctorate is the highest academic recognition Grand Valley State University can bestow. Thus, all nominees for the honorary degree must have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence as scholars, artists, or professionals. Equally high expectation is placed on their personal integrity and concern for the public good. In recognizing such persons, the university identifies women and men who can serve as role models for students, faculty, staff and alumni of Grand Valley State University.

Process for nomination

The Provost convened the Honorary Degree Committee to create a process for gathering nominations of potential candidates and narrowing down these nominations for recommendation to the President. After consideration of the pool of candidates, the President will present candidates to the Board of Trustees.

The Honorary Degree Committee seeks your input for nominees. The committee will consider leaders and innovators in his or her field. An honorary degree confers distinguished individuals with recognition for their outstanding contributions to academics and community that furthers the university's mission, vision, values, and goals. Commencement speakers are chosen for these contributions and their ability to inspire, motivate and enlighten our graduates. The achieved education level of an honorary degree recipient need not correspond to the honorary degree. Nominations will be kept on file for future consideration. Please note that current GVSU employees will not be considered.

It is imperative that all nominations be kept confidential. Please do not inform the nominee of your nomination as a nomination will not guarantee that the nominee will receive the honor. Keeping the nominee confidential by all parties will avoid any misunderstanding. All nomination information submitted will be kept confidential.

Nomination Form

Nominations will be accepted only via online submissions or through a paper submission. To participate in the online nomination process, please click on the link below:

Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Nomination Form

If you prefer to mail your nomination, please send the information requested to:

The Provost's Office
c/o Chair of Honorary Degree Committee, Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, 3090 JHZ, Allendale, MI 49401

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