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Honorary Degrees

The Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee invites you to submit nominations for consideration in awarding honorary degrees at UIC. Honorary degrees are the highest award conferred by UIC. An honorary degree may be awarded for exemplary and extraordinary contributions either to the scholarly or professional world, to public service, or to UIC's achievements and the ideals of its missions of teaching, research, service, and economic development. We welcome nominations of persons of national or international renown within or outside official academic disciplines, which is also the practice with most major institutions of higher education throughout the United States. Some relationship with UIC is desirable but not required for consideration, but in this case, it is particularly necessary to explain why this individual is deserving of an honorary degree from UIC.

The approved guidelines for awarding honorary degrees at UIC, including eligibility criteria, nomination procedures, process and timelines can be accessed at:

A nomination should be marked CONFIDENTIAL: HONORARY DEGREES and submitted to: Senate Coordinator and Clerk, UIC Office of the Senate - M/C 303; 750 S. Halsted, Rm. 513 Student Center East (SCE); Chicago, IL 60607-7016, or sent electronically to

The type of degree and which College confers the degree is determined in consultation between the Chancellor and Board of Trustees office.


William S. Bike
Chair, Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee and Honorary Degree Nominating Committee
(312) 996-8495

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