Call for Nominations for Honorary Degrees

Members of the St. Thomas University community are invited to submit written nominations by Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12 noon for honorary degrees. The University cannot possibly recognize all the worthy candidates, so all nominations must remain confidential at all stages of the process and therefore nominees should not be informed of the nomination.


Criteria for Nomination


While flexibility is the norm, persons submitting nominations ought to be guided by two questions:

  1. What distinction has the person achieved as an academic, artist, educator, administrator, public servant, or scientist, or in any other recognized way?
  2. What significant contribution has the person made, directly or indirectly, to the life of the University, local community, province, region, Canada, or the world?

Guidelines for Selecting Candidates


No strict categories of recipients are defined, but the following guidelines are suggested:

  • That, normally, recommendations shall include at least one distinguished scholar for each ceremony;
    That the nomination and recognition of people not already honored by other institutions, or in a public manner, be encouraged;
  • That the University not normally bestow honorary degrees on currently serving members of the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, or currently-sitting politicians (e.g., MLAs, MPs, Mayors, etc.) who serve the local jurisdiction; and
  • That nominations remain before the Nomination Committee for three years.

Using the form attached below, provide a nomination to the Committee that reflects your confidence in the nominee's worthiness to receive an Honorary Degree from St. Thomas University. Providing only material printed from websites, URLs, and/or printed copies or links to curriculum vitaes or resumes will not be considered sufficient material for adjudication of your nomination.


Submissions should be received by the undersigned no later than Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12 noon. Please email the submission to


Honorary Degree Nomination Form


Dawn Russell
President and Vice-Chancellor
Chair, Honorary Degree Committee