Nomination Process

Nominations are accepted for Honorary Degrees at Carleton College by the Commencement and Honorary Degrees Committee. The Committee typically selects candidates eighteen months ahead of the date to receive the degree. This is to allow time for scheduling on the recipients calendar (e.g., candidates brought to the committee in the fall of 2016 will receive their degree at Commencement of 2018).

The process follows this timeline:

  • Fall term the President’s Office sends an all-campus e-mail soliciting Honorary Degree nominations.  The deadline for nominations is typically early November. Nominations may be sent to the attention of Joe Hargis in the College Communications Office. A letter of nomination with relevant background information is very important. Any links to articles or information about the candidate is helpful to the Committee. You may also use the form listed on this website to make a nomination.
  • Following the early November deadline, the College Communications Office will compile information on all nominees.
  • Late November into early Winter break, the Commencement and Honorary Degrees committee will meet to review the candidates nominated and select those to bring forward to the faculty and trustees. 
  • Early January, the Commencement and Honorary Degrees committee brings its Honorary Degree candidate recommendations to a faculty meeting held during early winter term. The faculty vote to approve the Honorary Degree candidates.
  • At the February Board of Trustees meeting, the individuals approved by the faculty are brought to the meeting for approval of the nominations.
  • Once the Board of Trustees has approved the Honorary Degree candidates, the President sends a formal invitation to the candidates inviting them to receive the Honorary Degree at Commencement.