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***LEHIGH STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF - please use the below webforms to nominate talented and distinguished individuals for Commencement Speaker, Baccalaureate Speaker, or Honorary Degrees. These honors are intended to recognize individuals for their outstanding scholarship or contributions to Lehigh or the global community, and should reflect the values of Lehigh University. Please note that current Lehigh faculty, staff, and students are ineligible to receive Lehigh University Honorary Degrees. You are allowed to submit multiple nominations. The deadline for ALL nominations for the May 2016 ceremonies is January 25, 2015***

Commencement Speaker View Prior Honorees

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.

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.  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 January 25, 2015, will be assured of full consideration for the May 2016 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 2016 Commencement speaker selection will be announced to the campus community and the public during the 2015-16 academic year.

The 2015-16 academic year is the celebratory year of Lehigh's Sesquicentennial - our 150th year. In addition to the usual celebration of our wonderful graduating class, the May 2016 ceremony will be more high-profile. As such, we encourage nominators to DREAM BIG and consider nominating a speaker who can be a fitting tributary for our Sesquicentennial year commencement.

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 an honorary degree at the Lehigh Commencement ceremony.Nominees for Baccalaureate speaker 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 January 25, 2015, will be assured of full consideration for the May 2016 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 2016 Baccalaureate speaker selection will be announced during the 2015-16 academic year.The 2015-16 academic year is the celebratory year of Lehigh's Sesquicentennial - our 150th year. In addition to the usual celebration of our wonderful graduating class, the May 2016 ceremony and its attendent events will be more high-profile. As such, we encourage nominators to DREAM BIG and consider nominating a Baccalaureate speaker who can be a fitting tributary for our Sesquicentennial 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 January 25, 2015, to be assured of consideration for the May 2016 Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit names of potential honorary degree recipients to the six members of the Faculty Honorary Degree Committee, the membership of which includes faculty representatives from each of the four 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.

NOTE; Traditional practice at Lehigh dictates that the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers are considered for honorary degrees to be received at the commencement ceremony. Nominations in this "honorary degree" category, then, should be people whom you believe Lehigh should honor, without the expectation that they will have a public speaking role at the ceremony. All honorary degree recipients, however, will be encouraged to participate in events around Lehigh Commencement in which they interact with students, faculty, and staff.

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.

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 2016 Commencement ceremony will be announced during the 2015-2016 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.