UPDATE FOR 2016-2017 – To recognize the bicentennial year of the University, University of Michigan Bicentennial Alumni Awards will be presented at the 2017 commencement ceremonies. These special awards recognize alumni/alumna whose accomplishments represent the mission and values of the University. Nominations for honorary degrees, however, continue to be accepted during this time, and will be considered later in the academic year for possible conferring as early as a commencement in 2018.
By awarding honorary degrees, the University associates itself and its values with individuals remarkable for their achievements, and seeks to inspire students and others to recognize, respect and emulate such persons and such accomplishments.
Nominees should exemplify with distinction elements of the University of Michigan’s mission: to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art and academic values, and to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
An association with the University of Michigan or a relationship of the achievement honored to work that is unique or highly characteristic of Michigan is welcome but in no way necessary for this recognition.
For more information regarding eligibility, visit the Honorary Degree Committee page.
The University’s Honorary Degree Committee meets twice a year, ordinarily in the Fall and Spring. The deadline for submitting nominations for consideration at the Fall 2017 meeting is 5:00 PM on October 12.
Questions can be directed to HDnominations@umich.edu or by calling (734) 764-4405.