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Nov 30: Last call for WSU honorary doctoral degree nominations

The last day to nominate an extraordinary individual to receive a WSU honorary doctoral degree is Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Office of the President encourages faculty, staff, and students to name qualified candidates using the online nomination form.

Bestowed annually, the honorary doctorate recognizes an individual who has made profound and enduring contributions to scholarship, culture, and quality of life for society at large. 

This year’s recipient will be the 20th in university history. The chosen individual will join the cadre of influential leaders who have previously received the honor, among them journalist Edward R. Murrow, Pulitzer Prize‑winning poet Carolyn Kizer, and former Spelman College president and WSU faculty member Johnnetta Cole. 

Next steps for nominees

The Honorary Doctoral Degrees Committee will review nominations and forward its recommendations to WSU President Kirk Schulz and the Faculty Senate Steering Committee.

The successful nominee will be an individual of great integrity who reflects WSU’s values. Nominees whose achievements hold national and international significance will receive priority consideration.

The university plans to honor the new recipient at the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremony on the Pullman campus.


For more information, visit the Honorary Doctoral Degrees Committee website, or contact Mary Jenkins in the Office of the President at 509-335-7374.

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