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2018 Honorary degree recipients Judith Jamison, Phillip Clay and James Goodmon with Chancellor Carol Folt at Spring Commencement. Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Office of Faculty Governance, on behalf of the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, is accepting candidates for UNC honorary degrees to be awarded at the May Commencement ceremony in 2020.

A maximum of five of these prestigious awards will be given to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the global arena, in our nation, in the American South, or in our State of North Carolina. This honor is intended for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; people whose talent and creativity in the world of the arts has enriched our lives; and people whose devotion to and support of our University merits our highest recognition.

Please note that anyone serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, or the faculty, staff or administration of The University of North Carolina or of any one of its constituent institutions is not eligible for this award. These persons become eligible two years after termination of such status. Awards are not conferred in absentia or posthumously

The deadline for nominations this year is February 18, 2019.

Full information about this award, including criteria, eligibility, and the process for submitting a nomination is available at



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