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UW Seeks Honorary Degree Nominations

September 28, 2015

Nominations for 2016 University of Wyoming honorary degrees are due to the President's Office by Friday, Nov. 6.

UW alumni, current or former trustees and faculty all are eligible to submit written nominations for awards to be presented at spring commencement. Submissions are referred to a joint committee of trustees and faculty, which will forward recommendations to the full Board of Trustees for approval.

"An honorary degree from the University of Wyoming recognizes individuals who reflect the university's highest ideals and values, and exemplify the concepts of excellence, service and integrity," says UW President Dick McGinity. "These degrees recognize distinguished accomplishments in all professions, public service or service to humanity."

Nominations should address at least one of the following criteria: outstanding contribution to the lives of Wyoming citizens; outstanding accomplishment by alumna or alumnus, either on a state, national or international level; or accomplishment so exemplary that it has received recognition on a national or international level.

Nomination packets should include a vitae or similar document describing the nominee’s accomplishments; a letter of nomination that includes a full description of the contributions of the nominee, including a list of public recognitions and other awards and honors; a one- or two-paragraph summary describing the nominee's salient contributions (see the website for an example); and two additional letters of support.

Send submissions to: UW President Dick McGinity, Department 3434, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071; or send by email to For more information, call (307) 766-4121.

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