The Honorary Doctorate is the highest award that Tulane University confers. It is awarded only at Commencement. Recognizing that this award is given to elevate Tulane in the eyes of the world by honoring achievements in the recipient’s field of endeavor, to enhance the dignity of the University and to deepen appreciation of the role it performs in society, the honorary degree is given:
Any Tulane faculty, staff, student, alumni member or member of the Board may nominate a potential candidate. An individual’s nomination need not come from someone in his/her academic area. Nominations of persons with distinguished accomplishments outside of conventional academic fields are welcomed. Nominations of candidates from diverse backgrounds, and whose own accomplishments might serve to highlight areas in which Tulane has developed exceptional strength, are particularly welcomed.
After review and approval of the Senate Committee on University Honors and the Board Committee on University Honors, meeting jointly, the nominations are forwarded to the University Senate for approval. Nominations approved by the Senate are then forwarded to the President in consultation with the Provost. The President’s recommendation regarding the candidates is sent to the Board with the Senate’s recommendation.
Nominations are to include a formal nomination letter, a current vita for the candidate and any other supporting materials the nominator feels should be brought to the Committee’s attention. Note that the following questions must be answered in the nominator’s letter of nomination:
View the call for nominations letter here.
Under no circumstances should the nominee be informed that his or her name has been put forward. Not all excellent candidates can be recognized, and knowledge of a failed nomination can be embarrassing and harmful. Further, the nominator should not solicit letters of support on behalf of the nominee from people outside the University. Official notification of Tulane’s wish to confer an honorary degree upon an individual is made by the President on behalf of the Committees on Honorary Degrees and the Board.