225th University Day celebration on October 12, 2018. Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award recipients: Donald A. Baer, Robert L. Bryant, Vaughn D. Bryson, Peter Blair Henry and Catherine Tift Merritt with Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recipient, Bland Simpson (second from left) and Chancellor Carol Folt.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

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

  • 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:

HDA Committee secure area login

Members of the HDA Committee may access secure materials and documents related to committee work and award nominations through Sakai (Onyen login required).

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