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Nominations being accepted for May 2023 honorary doctoral degrees

honorary degrees

The Office of the Provost is accepting nominations of candidates for honorary doctoral degrees at West Virginia University that will be awarded at Commencement exercises in May 2023. 

The Provost invites all members of the University community — faculty, staff, students and alumni — to consider nominating exceptional people who have made outstanding contributions to their field and society. We are looking for a robust pool of candidates who represent a diverse range of ideas, expertise and lived experiences. 

The honorary degree is the highest distinction that WVU bestows. Nominees are evaluated based on the three criteria below 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; and/or


  • Having provided distinguished and preeminent leadership in society; and/or

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

Current employees are not eligible. Nomination packets are due to the Office of the Provost by Sept. 30.

Find more information about the nomination process, as well as nomination forms, guidelines and a complete list of previous honorary degree recipients.

Specific questions or concerns can be directed to Lory Osborn at 304-293-7119 or