Guidelines for Honorary Degrees
University of West Georgia will recommend to the Board of Regents
one honorary degree for each academic year. The degree will
be conferred in May. The recipient must be present to receive the
The basic criteria for an honorary degree recipient shall be notable
in an academic field, the arts and letters, the professions, or public
An Honorary Degree Committee will be appointed that shall consist of
members of the faculty and the Deans of Arts and Science, Business,
and Honors College. The committee will be chaired by the Vice
for Academic Affairs.
This committee will meet during the spring quarter and solicit
from the university community. A nomination must be in the form
a letter supplemented by supporting material. The nomination
shall explain the reasons for recommending the prospective
The committee will complete its work by April 15, and submit three (3)
nominations to the President.
Each nomination recommended to the President will define why University
of West Georgia should award an honorary degree to the nominee.
nomination will delineate the accomplishment of the nominee.
Current elected or appointed officials of the state of Georgia
Regents) to whom the University System and/or the universities are
or indirectly answerable are ineligible for honorary degrees. The
same exclusion applies to current elected or appointed national office
holders and persons who are announced candidates for elective office in
the state or nation. Current faculty members, administrative
of the universities and the System, and other university and System
are also ineligible; other special awards, such as institutional
or service awards, or emeritus titles, are the appropriate means of
special achievements by such persons.
Upon receipt of a recommendation from the university committee, the
shall consult with the President's Advisory Council. The
shall select one name and then consult with University System staff to
insure that there is no duplication of candidates, select an honorary
candidate from among those recommended, and communicate that name to
Chancellor, who shall make a recommendation to the Board of
The final decision shall rest with the Board of Regents, and no
of a pending candidacy shall be made prior to its formal recommendation
to the Board.