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The Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee of the faculty considers nominations from the faculty for several major awards each year:

226th University Day celebration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2019 Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award recipients: James Delany, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jill McCorkle, and Robert Newman with Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recipient, Giselle Corbie-Smith (center).
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards, presented each fall on University Day
  • O. Max Gardner Award (UNC System-wide award), presented by the Board of Governors
  • Edward Kidder Graham Award, presented each fall on University Day
  • Honorary Degrees, awarded at Commencement each May
  • Thomas Jefferson Award, presented at a fall Faculty Council meeting

You will find information about each award, including instructions on submitting nominations and a list of past winners, at the links below.

Nomination deadlines

The deadlines for receiving nominations for these awards are as follows:

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