The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University is now accepting nominations for candidates to be awarded honorary doctoral degrees at the 2013 commencement exercises.

The honorary degree is the highest honor WVU bestows. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Having attained national/international pre-eminence in their field.
  • Having provided distinguished and pre-eminent leadership in society.
  • Having a sustained record of extraordinary philanthropy to West Virginia University, and/or having supported the University substantially in various ways.

More information about the nomination process, as well as nomination forms and guidelines to any member of the WVU community – faculty, staff, student, alumnus – who wishes to prepare a nomination can be found at

The university has awarded honorary degrees annually since 1873. The degree recipients in 2012 were Gregory Babe, Ming Hsieh, Stuart Robbins and G. Ogden Nutting. Biographies of each can be found at the honorary degree website.

The provost’s office encourages all in the campus community to take part in this process of recognizing extraordinary individuals. Nominations of exceptional women and minorities are especially encouraged. Nominations must be received by Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 to be considered for conferral at the May 2013 commencement.


CONTACT: Ann Claycomb; Office of the Provost

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