Nominations for Honorary Degree

Nominations for Honorary Degree

All Faculty and Alumni, all members of the Board of Governors, excepting undergraduate members of the University, all Bachelors of Divinity and Masters and Doctors of the University, all Fellows and all Inglis Professors of the University of King’s College are invited to submit nominations for honorary degrees (DD, DCL, DCnL) and honorary fellowships (HF) (the honour of Fellow of the University may be conferred by the vote of Convocation upon any friend of the University for noteworthy services rendered in its behalf).

Nominations should be submitted to the Clerk of Convocation, in care of the President’s Office, by noon on Monday, January 10, 2011. Convocation meets at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in the Boardroom, Arts and Administration Building.  Voting on the slate of nominees for honorary degrees to be awarded at Encaenia 2011 will take place at that time. Alumni of five years’ standing are eligible to attend Convocation and vote.  All members of Convocation have a vote. *(see attached)

Nominations should come in three parts:

The first part should be a letter to the Clerk of Convocation, in care of the President’s Office, stating the full name of the candidate that you are proposing, the person’s address, any relevant contact information, and the honorary degree or fellowship for which you are nominating the person.

Attached with the letter should be a 300-450 word statement explaining why this person would serve as an outstanding candidate for the honour.  You should explain their achievements with details and why the nomination is relevant to the University of King’s College.  It would be helpful if this were provided in electronic form.  This statement will be presented to the Honorary Degrees Committee and, if the candidate’s name goes forward, may serve as the basis for a statement to be read aloud to Convocation as information for their vote.  Please ensure the statement is no longer than 450 words or it cannot be used by the Committee.

To your letter and statement you may append relevant supporting material such as articles about the person or other information that can be used by the Honorary Degrees Committee in their judgement of this candidate.

It is important to remember that not all candidates nominated can be put forward to Convocation for a vote. The Honorary Degrees Committee will provide the best possible slate for consideration by Convocation.

If you are in doubt about this procedure, you may contact the President’s Office (422-1271 x 121) and we will provide you with assistance in preparing your nomination. The statements can be emailed to pamela.dean@ukings.ca.

*As Taken from the Blue Book of By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the University of King’s College


35.        (1)    Convocation shall consist of:

(a)    the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the University;
(b)    all Bachelors of Divinity and Masters and Doctors of the University;
(c)    all Masters of Arts graduating under the Agreement of Association between the University of King’s College and the Governors of Dalhousie College, dated the first day of September, 1923, or the fifth day of November, 1954, who may have been enrolled in King’s College or who may hold the Bachelor’s Degree therefrom;
(d)    all members of the Board of Governors of the University, excepting undergraduate members of the University;
(e)    all current members of the King’s Faculty and Inglis Professors;
(f)    all other Bachelors of the University of five years standing;
(g)    Fellows of the University.

(2)    All members of Convocation shall have a vote.


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