The Honorary Degree is designed to
recognize excellence and extraordinary achievement in the fields of
public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and
education, business and philanthropy and social services which exemplify
the mission and purpose of Berry; to honor meritorious and outstanding
service to the college, the United States, or to humanity at large; and
to recognize individuals whose lives and significant achievements should
serve as examples of the college's aspirations for its students.
Candidates should meet the following qualifications:
of high distinction in a field of learning, the arts, the professions,
or public service, especially those achievements that manifest or
contribute to the life of the mind;
- Compelling reasons why it would be particularly fitting for Berry College to honor the nominee;
- Special significance the honor might have to the individual being recognized;
- Appropriateness of recognition at commencement, before a general audience of undergraduates, graduate students, and families;
recipient must have demonstrated the humane values that are the aim of
education, as well as significant contributions in that person's chosen
As you consider potential nominees, please be aware
that Honorary Degrees may not be conferred upon current employees or
those who have been a Berry employee within the past five years.
Candidates may not nominate themselves. Those nominated must not be
informed of their candidacy until they are contacted by the president.
Those receiving honorary doctorates must agree to attend and participate
in ceremonies or events associated with the awarding of the honorary
degree prior to the final approval of that honorary degree. Honorary
degrees may not be awarded in absentia.
The deadline for nominating candidates is November 15, 2012.
The following persons associated with Berry College are able to nominate candidates to receive honorary degrees:
- The President
- Current and former members of the Board of Trustees
- Current and retired members of the Faculty and Staff
- Current students
- Parents of current students and parents of alumni
selection committee composed of the Faculty Assembly officers, the
President of the Student Government Association, the Vice President for
Advancement, the Provost, and the President of the Staff Advisory
Committee will review the nominations and provide recommendations to the
President, who will then offer recommendations to the Academic Affairs
Committee of the Board of Trustees for its consideration.