August 31, 2017

Honorary degree/service award nominations due Oct. 25

The university is now accepting nominations for honorary degree and distinguished service awards to be presented at May 2018 commencement ceremonies.

The deadline for honorary degrees and distinguished service award nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 25. The nominations are also open to the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. The nominating committee, comprised of faculty and university constituency members, will submit 2018 award recommendations to Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, who will forward his recommendation to SIU System President Randy Dunn for approval at the SIU Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 14.

Honorary degrees are presented to individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions or are of considerable renown in any field of activity. The degree can also be awarded to people who have uniquely contributed to human well-being or whose accomplishments resulted in a marked benefit to society. Distinguished Service Awards honor individuals who have contributed to Southern Illinois, the state, nation, world or the university.

Nomination letters must include a two- or three-page resume, curriculum vita or biographic sketch that includes a description of the nominee's unique contributions. All nominations, including with the nominee, are confidential. Further information about these awards is available at

For more information, or to submit a completed nomination, contact Gina Shiplett, Office of the Chancellor, at 453-2341 (phone), 453-5362 (fax) or email. Please indicate in the submission whether the nomination is for honorary degree or distinguished service award consideration.