Nominations should explain how nominees meet the criteria for selection and outline the nominees' achievements and contributions.   Please include as much biographical and other supporting information as possible, but do not contact the nominees. The nomination process is confidential and nominees should not know that they are being considered.  We particularly encourage nominations from fields which have not been recognized by the award of honorary degrees in recent years. 

For general purposes, field of consideration for honorary degree nominations are as follows:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Education
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Public Affairs (government, law)
  • Scholarship/Academia
  • Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Other

Please note that we will not review candidates in the following categories:

  • Posthumous nominations
  • In absentia nominations
  • Organizations or institutional bodies
  • Groups of individuals
  • Self-nomination
  • Penn standing faculty, trustees, or school and center overseers

To nominate a candidate for an Honorary Degree, please fill out the form below:

Your Information:

From Name:

From Email:

Your Affiliation:
Faculty Member
Graduate Student
Undergraduate Student
Staff Member
Penn Alumni

Name of Candidate:

Reason for Nomination (include all unique contributions and achievements):

Supporting Document (optional):