Please read the descriptions below to determine which category to nominate an individual for the University of New Hampshire's most prestigious awards and designation at the Commencement Ceremony.
Honorary Degrees are awarded to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Outstanding citizens who bring honor, prestige and recognition to the state of New Hampshire.
- Outstanding alumni of the University.
- Outstanding living benefactors of the University whether contributions are in kind, service or otherwise.
- Persons of national and/or international importance whose contributions have enhanced society as a whole.
- Persons who have brought significant enrichment or benefit to particular groups.
Granite State Awards are awarded to citizens, agencies, corporations, and foundations of the State of New Hampshire whose achievements and/or extraordinary service in their own particular spheres have made significant beneficial contributions to the State.
Commencement Speaker are chosen on the basis of their ability to inspire, motivate, and provide enlightenment to graduates by sharing experiences that elicit curiosity, instill knowledge, educate, and offer wisdom to students as they enter the next phase of their lives. Speakers should meet the criteria for receiving an Honorary Degree (see above).
An individual may not nominate him or herself. Members of the Board of Trustees and members of the faculty and staff of the University System institutions should not, during their term of service or employment, be eligible for conferral of Honorary Degrees or Granite State Awards. Barring unusual and compelling circumstances, a reasonable interim (generally a period of not less than two years) should be allowed between retirement from service or employment and nomination of such individuals for this type of recognition.
Nomination Process (Deadline is November 15, 2015)
Nominations will be accepted through November 15, 2015 for Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards presented at the Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2016.
Providing detailed information for the questions below will ensure your nominee is given full consideration by the Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee and help distinguish him or her from the large pool of nominees.