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North Carolina State University will award Honorary Doctoral Degrees to recognize individuals who have attained achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction. Awards shall be based on an individual’s record of scholarship, creativity, leadership, humanitarian service or public service. Individuals may have an existing association with the state and/or the University, such as collaboration on research projects or previous service as a University faculty member or administrator. Individuals also may have no existing association with the University, and may establish that connection with acceptance of the honorary degree.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving all Honorary Degrees to be conferred by the University, subject to such policies as may be established by the Board of Governors. The Board will make its selections of honorary degree recipients from nominations submitted to and recommended by the Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and from nominations submitted directly to the Academic Affairs and Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees, in care of the Assistant Secretary to the Board. The Assistant Secretary will coordinate submissions of nominations with the Chancellor and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
The Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees will be chaired by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and, counting the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, will be composed of 12 members: (1) five faculty recommended by the Faculty Senate, with the total of five including the Chair of the Faculty; (2) two faculty recommended by the Council of University Professors; (3) an academic Dean; and (4) three at-large faculty, appointed by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, who are representative of the University’s academic, research, extension, engagement and economic development mission.
For information further information on honorary degrees including faculty committee members, invitation to nominate and the nomination form, please visit the Provost Web site.