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Nominations for Honorary Degrees and Speaker for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony

From the President's Desk

May 23, 2017

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Nominations for Honorary Degrees and Speaker for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony

This is our annual request for commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient nominations for the Class of 2018 Commencement, and future commencement exercises.

The conferral of honorary degrees is a long-standing academic tradition that not only recognizes individuals of singular achievement but also brings honor and recognition to the Institute. I urge you to give some thought to the nomination of individuals who deserve to be honored for their accomplishments and who would honor Rensselaer by their participation in commencement.

Additional criteria for degree recipients and a nomination form can be found at: http://president.rpi.edu/colloquy/nomination-form

The Faculty Honors Committee and the President’s Committee on Honors will evaluate all nominations and will develop a list of nominees to be reviewed by the President and submitted to the Board of Trustees.

Nominations received by September 15, 2017 will be considered for the 2018 Commencement ceremony. 

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this important tradition. Your participation in this process will ensure that we have a creative list of qualified candidates to consider.