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  1. Recipients should demonstrate genuine achievement in some activity consonant with the University and its mission.†Recipientsí principal activity should be clearly related to a field of study in which Texas Woman's University is authorized to award doctoral degrees.
  2. There should be a particular reason for the award by Texas Woman's University.
  3. The holding of political office alone (other than the highest executive positions at the national and state level) does not qualify one to receive an honorary degree.†
  4. Persons who have merely attracted popular acclaim (for instance, media or show business personalities) are ineligible for honorary degrees.
  5. Persons who are actively associated with the University at the time of the award are also ineligible.


Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, or members of the Board of Regents.†Those who wish to nominate an individual for an honorary degree should send a†Nomination Form (Word) and a letter of nomination, with appropriate supporting materials, to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than September 15 each year. Supporting materials should be current and provide clear documentation of the achievements of the individual being nominated. Materials should include a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters, and†other documentation deemed appropriate.

Nominations will be evaluated by an Advisory Committee composed of:

  • A representative from each of the four academic colleges, recommended by the Dean of the College.†College of Professional Education and College of Nursing select new representatives in odd years; College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Sciences select new representatives in even years
  • A representative of the graduate faculty, recommended by the Chair of the Graduate Council (Odd years)
  • A representative from Staff Council, recommended by the Chair of the Staff Council (Even years)
  • A representative from the Faculty Senate, recommended by the Speaker of the Faculty Senate (Odd years)
  • One graduate student, recommended by the Dean of the Graduate School (Even years)
  • One undergraduate student, recommended by the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students or Vice President of Student Life (Even years)
  • One member of the Advancement team (Alumni Relations, Institutional Development or Marketing) recommended by the Provost (Even years)

The Advisory Committee will submit nominations to the Chancellor of the University, who will then present recommendations to the Board of Regents.† Honorary degrees will be awarded only at commencement.

Recipient(s) shall wear a regular Ph.D. hood with blue velvet and Texas Woman's University colors regardless of the name of the honorary degree. In the line of march the honorary degree recipient(s) shall follow the Chancellor and the Regents.


REV: 5/08

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