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A few talented and dedicated individuals are recognized for their outstanding scholarship or contributions to Lehigh or the global community. We welcome your nominations for the following awards or honorary roles at this time. Current Lehigh faculty, staff, and students are ineligible to receive Lehigh University Honorary Degrees.

Commencement Speaker View Prior Honorees

Commencement is an important part of university life where we celebrate the culmination of much hard work and achievement. As part of the ceremony, we invite a distinguished guest to address the graduates and the academic community. This individual should reflect the goals and values of Lehigh University. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit names of potential commencement speakers to the Commencement Speaker Nominations Committee, the membership of which includes faculty, staff, and student representatives. Nominees should be someone whose work and achievements reflect our value system at Lehigh and whose message is one that will serve as a capstone to our graduates' educational experience. The committee also welcomes you to re-submit the names of candidates who were nominated, but not selected, in past years. Nominations are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, but only those received by midnight on March 14, 2014, will be assured of full consideration for the May 2015 Commencement ceremony. The Commencement Speaker Nominations Committee will review the nominations and provide a list of recommended nominees to the President. The Board of Trustees approves all honorary degree recipients at Lehigh University. The 2015 Commencement speaker selection will be announced in fall 2014 or early spring semester 2015.

About You
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About the Nominee
A minimum of 100 characters is required. Please include your support statements and, if desired, links to websites.
You may upload a Curriculum Vitae or other supporting document for this nomination.

Baccalaureate Speaker View Prior Honorees

The tradition of graduation and the traditions and ceremonies leading up to commencement are an important part of our university. Our campus community of staff, faculty, and students are invited to nominate an individual to deliver the Baccalaureate address at the annual Baccalaureate ceremony held one day prior to Commencement. In addition to delivering the address, the Baccalaureate speaker normally receives a Lehigh honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit names of potential Baccalaureate speakers. Nominees should be someone whose work and achievements reflect our value system at Lehigh. The committee also welcomes you to re-submit the names of candidates who were nominated, but not selected, in past years. Nominations are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, but only those received by midnight on March 14, 2014, will be assured of full consideration for the May 2015 Baccalaureate ceremony. University Chaplain Lloyd Steffen, along with members of the Commencement Speaker Nominations Committee, will review the nominations and provide a list of recommended nominees to the President. The Board of Trustees approves all honorary degree recipients at Lehigh University. The 2015 Commencement speaker selection will be announced in the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

About You
You may login with your Lehigh credentials to automatically populate this field.
About the Nominee
A minimum of 100 characters is required. Please include your support statements and, if desired, links to websites.
You may upload a Curriculum Vitae or other supporting document for this nomination.

Honorary Degree Recipients View Prior Honorees

Nomination Process

All members of the Lehigh community are invited to nominate individuals for honorary degrees. Nominations are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, but must be received by midnight on March 14, 2014, to be assured of consideration for the May 2015 Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit names of potential honorary degree recipients to the Faculty Honorary Degree Committee, the membership of which includes faculty representatives from each of the 4 colleges at Lehigh. The criteria defined below govern the qualifications expected of each nominee. In addition, each years' honorees are chosen with the assumption that they serve collectively to motivate and inspire the students whose graduation from Lehigh we celebrate at the commencement ceremony. Because our graduating students represent a wide range of academic disciplines and future aspirations, it is appropriate that our honorary degree recipients be similarly diverse.

Nominee Criteria

Lehigh University honorary degree recipients must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Integrity
  2. Intelligence
  3. Distinction

In addition, candidates are expected to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • His or her recognition with an honorary degree brings luster to Lehigh's image and distinction to the graduation ceremonies;
  • The prior association of the candidate with Lehigh University has elevated our university in the eyes of the world;
  • The candidate's contribution to the success of Lehigh University warrants an expression of institutional appreciation.

Honorary degrees are awarded in the category which best fits the awardee's area of expertise. Examples of more common honorary degree types are: L.H.D., Doctor of Humane Letters; Sc.D., Doctor of Science; Eng.D., Doctor of Engineering; Ped.D., Doctor of Pedagogy; and LL.D., Doctor of Laws.

It is normally expected that the principal speakers at commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies will also receive honorary degrees, unless they are active employees of Lehigh University. Selection in these roles implies the satisfaction of at least one of the three tests noted above. Nominees in the "honorary degree" category, however, will not have a speaking role at the ceremonies, though they will be cited and recognized as part of the Commencement ceremony. Nominations for honorary degree will be considered by the Faculty Honorary Degree Committee, who will forward a list of recommended nominees to the President. The Board of Trustees approves all honorary degree recipients at Lehigh University. Honorary degree recipients for the 2015 Commencement ceremony will be announced during the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

About You
You may login with your Lehigh credentials to automatically populate this field.
About the Nominee
A minimum of 100 characters is required. Please include your support statements and, if desired, links to websites.
You may upload a Curriculum Vitae or other supporting document for this nomination.