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University Seeks Honorary Degree Nominations for 2020


Saint Louis University is seeking nominations for distinguished individuals to be awarded honorary degrees at the May 2020 commencement ceremony. 

An honorary degree is the University’s most prestigious recognition. Nominees should merit special recognition for genuine achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with Jesuit values and the mission of the University.

The Board of Trustees Honorary Degrees and Special Recognition Subcommittee has established the following criteria for nominees:

“An honorary degree may be awarded by the Board of Trustees to an individual who over the course of sustained period has demonstrated eminence in a field of scholarship, research, public service, or in an artistic, literary, governmental, religious, financial, or other endeavor and for which there is an adequate reason for recognition by Saint Louis University because of an association or relationship with the University, or a strong connection between the individual’s achievements, the mission or life of the University, and its Jesuit values.”

All members of the SLU community — faculty, students, staff and alumni — are invited to nominate worthy individuals for this recognition. Nominations, which can be made using this form, should provide a summary of the individual’s accomplishments in light of the criteria and reasons for considering the individual for an honorary degree. They are due by Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The Board of Trustees Honorary Degrees and Special Recognition Subcommittee will review the recommended nominations and such other nominations as it may choose and submit its final recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will make the final decision.