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Call for Nominations: Honorary Degrees 1999

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to nominate candidates for University of Pennsylvania honorary degrees to be presented at the May 17, 1999 commencement. The criterion for selection is the degree to which the candidate reflects the highest ideal of the University, which is to produce graduates who change the world through innovative acts of scholarship, scientific discovery, artistic creativity and/or societal leadership.

We encourage you to involve your faculty colleagues in the procedure. A nomination may be supported by letters from one or several members of the faculty, and from one or several departments. Letters should state how the nominee meets the criterion for selection, what the nominee's unique achievements and contributions are, and why the nominee should be honored by this University at this particular time. Please include as much biographical and other supporting information as possible, but please do not ask the nominee for information, since nominees should not know that they are being considered. Please be as mindful of female and minority candidates as you are of others. We also encourage nominations from departments and schools whose fields have not been recognized by honorary degrees in recent years.

The policy of the University Council Honorary Degrees Committee is that all those nominated in previous years who have not yet received an honorary degree are reconsidered each year. It is not unusual for a candidate to be selected a few years after the initial nomination.

Please address nominations to the University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees, c/o Office of the Secretary, 133 S. 36th St., 4th Floor/3246 (they may be faxed to 215-898-0103). The University Council Committee's recommendations are forwarded to the Trustees' Committee on Honorary Degrees and Awards, which makes the final selection. If you have any questions, please telephone or e-mail the committee secretary, Associate Secretary Duncan W. Van Dusen at 898-7005 or vandusen

Nominations are accepted with gratitude at any time during the year, but those received after November 30 may not be able to be considered for the 1999 Commencement.

Honorary degrees are an important statement of our values and aspirations as a university, and we strongly encourage your participation in this process.


--Jeffrey H. Tigay, Chair, University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees

--Judith S. Rodin, President

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, November 4, 1997, Volume 44, No. 11