The Honorary Degrees Committee, which reports to the Senate, the President, and the Board of Trustees, is charged with developing a slate of candidates representing the highest values and breadth of commitment of the university.>
The criteria for nomination are extraordinary excellence and character as demonstrated by notable achievement in a field of learning, the arts, the professions, or public service. Nominations should set forth compelling reasons why it would be especially fitting for Emory University to honor nominees. The committee will receive with particular interest nominations of persons directly connected with Emory or the region, although that is not a necessary qualification for serious consideration.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, persons who have spent the greater part of their careers as members of the Emory faculty or administration or those currently serving in US elective office are not considered. The committee encourages the nomination of individuals from diverse demographic backgrounds.