Honorary Degree Nominations
Would you like to nominate someone to receive an honorary degree from Swarthmore? The Honorary Degree Committee uses these criteria in choosing recipients:
- Distinction, leadership, or originality in significant human endeavor
- Someone in the ascent or at the peak of distinction, with a preference to the less honored over those who have received multiple degrees
- Ability, as a Commencement speaker, to serve as a role model for graduating seniors
- Preference (but not a requirement) for individuals who have an existing affiliation with or some connection to Swarthmore
In addition, the committee seeks to balance choices over the years from a variety of categories such as careers, gender, academic discipline, race, ethnicity, and public service.
If you know a worthy candidate, please submit this form by Sept. 15, 2023, to the Honorary Degree Committee, Office of the Secretary, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore PA 19081-1390; or contact Erin Brownlee Dell, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College.
All nominations are confidential; please do not inform the nominee. The committee will forward its recommendations to the faculty in mid-November.