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The Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee requests nominations for UNC-Chapel Hill honorary degrees to be awarded in 2024. Since faculty are entrusted with the conferral of degrees, they are encouraged to consider suitable candidates and to nominate them for the committee’s consideration. Nominations are kept active for 3 years.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, February 13, 2023.

Honorary degrees are conferred at Spring Commencement each year to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the global arena, in our nation, in the American South, or in the State of North Carolina. This honor is intended for people who have made significant 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.

The committee would like a detailed letter of nomination that describes a candidate’s accomplishments. If possible, it’s recommended to include the nominee’s CV or similar document. The committee seeks to have a broad and diverse pool of extraordinary candidates, including individuals from underrepresented groups, from which to make its selections.

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

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 until two years after termination of such status.

Nominations may be submitted at this link.

Please contact the Office of Faculty Governance at with any questions you may have about honorary degrees or the nomination process.


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