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Deadline approaching for honorary doctoral degree nominations

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The Office of the Provost is accepting nominations of candidates for honorary doctoral degrees at WVU to be awarded at Commencement exercises in May 2020. The nomination deadline is Oct. 4.

The Provost urges all members of the University community—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to consider nominating exceptional individuals, especially women, minorities and other members of communities often under-represented in the public sphere.

The honorary degree is the highest distinction that West Virginia University bestows. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of the three criteria and need only meet one criterion to be eligible to receive an honorary degree. The criteria are:

  • Having attained national/international preeminence in their field.


  • Having provided distinguished and preeminent leadership in society.


  • Having a sustained record of extraordinary philanthropy to West Virginia University and/or having supported the University substantially in various ways.

Find out more about the nomination process, including nomination forms, guidelines and a complete list of previous honorary degree recipients

Lory Osborn can answer specific questions or concerns not addressed on that site;  call 304.293.7119 or