A-1. General Criteria. UI awards degrees honoris causa (i.e., for the purpose of honoring) to
honor outstanding persons. Honorary degrees may be awarded to a person deserving
of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service resulting
in significant contributions to the University of Idaho, the State of Idaho, the
Nation or the world. In the selection of candidates for honorary degrees,
preference is given to those who are Idaho residents or UI graduates, the
University is pleased to honor persons who have made significant contributions
to national and international scholarship or public service that advance the
principles of academic excellence and public education upon which the University
of Idaho was founded. [rev. 7-03]
A-2. Restriction. No person who is employed by UI, is a member of the affiliate or adjunct
faculties, is a member of the Board of Regents or of the board's staff, is an
incumbent elected governmental official, may be granted an honorary degree until
after he or she has ceased to hold that position. [rev. 7-03]
a. All aspects of the nomination process are
b. Nominations may be submitted by any person or
organization. However, each nomination must be endorsed by the Dean of an
appropriate college or Chair or Head of an academic department. [rev. 7-03]
c. Each nomination must be accompanied by a
biographical sketch of the candidate, a summary of the accomplishments or deeds
for which the nominee would be honored, and supporting documents.
a. Each year announcements inviting nomination of
candidates for honorary degrees are published in the issues of the Idaho
Register which are published nearest February 15 and September 15. [rev.
b. The deadline for receipt of the nominations by the
Commencement Committee [see FSH
1640.26] are April 15 and November 15.
7-03, ed. 2-10]
c. The Commencement Committee makes its
recommendations to the President before May 15 and December 15. [rev. 7-03, ed.
A-5. Disposition of Nomination Packets.
a. The Commencement Committee shall return a
nomination packet to the nominator, [ed. 2-10]
(1) If the packet is
(2) If the nomination is
not forwarded to the president.
b. The president shall return nomination packets to
the nominator if the person nominated is not chosen to receive an honorary
c. Nomination packets of persons selected to receive
honorary degrees become part of the official record of the university to be
preserved in the Alumni Office. [rev. 7-03]
A-6. Conferring of
a. Scheduling of conferring of an honorary degree
depends on the convenience of the university and of the person being honored.
The president has complete discretion in scheduling.
b. Typically, an honorary degree is conferred at the
spring or fall commencement in the school year the candidate was nominated or at
the spring or fall commencement following that. [rev. 7-03]