The University of Memphis has the authority to award up to two honorary degrees each
year to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for extraordinary
achievements that have improved the community they serve, contributed to society,
as well as benefited the University of Memphis .
You are invited to nominate a person for his or her outstanding performance and to
whom the University of Memphis can show its appreciation. The guidelines for awarding
honorary degrees are located at http://policies.memphis.edu/UM1648.htm .
In order to nominate a person please review the policy above and include the following:
1. A letter of nomination, including:
- a. a summary of the distinguished contributions made by the nominee whose career
reflects sustained, exceptional achievement in some field of scholarship, public service,
or in an artistic, literary, governmental, financial, professional, research, leadership,
cultural affairs, or other endeavor;
- b. the nominator's relationship with the candidate, and any perceived potential conflicts
- c. an indication of the extent to which the nominee has been associated with the
University of Memphis.
2. Any additional pertinent information.
After review of the nominees, the Honorary Degree Committee will solicit additional
supporting materials including the nominee's vita and three letters of recommendation
from within or outside of the university explaining why the candidate is worthy of
further consideration for the award of an honorary degree from the University of Memphis.
All nomination information should be sent by November 20, 2013 to:
Honorary Degree Committee
Office of the Provost
360 Administration Building
University of Memphis
Memphis , TN 38152
We look forward to receiving your nominations, and thank you for participating in
this program to honor deserving recipients of these degrees.
Honorary Degree Award Past Recipients
Jim Ayers - 2013
Larry Papasan - 2012
Bert Bornblum - 2011
Maxine Smith - 2010
Robert Fogelman - 2009
Fred Smith - 2008
Benjamin Hooks - 2007
Harry Feinstone - 2006