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SIUE Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee

The SIUE Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee actively solicits nominations from members of the university community to obtain a diverse pool of qualified candidates for these awards. This committee is a standing committee of the Welfare Council of the Faculty Senate and includes representatives from each university constituency. You may examine lists of previous recipients by linking to the SIUE Commencement page.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliet Gray, chair, Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee, at 618-650-3129, or

Honorary Degrees: A candidate for an Honorary Degree may be any person, as specified in the Policies of the Board of Trustees, who has made significant contributions to cultural, educational, scientific, economic, social, humanitarian, or other worthy fields of endeavor.

Distinguished Service Awards: Distinguished Service Awards may be presented to any persons who have given outstanding or unusual service to the University, the region, or the State.


Degrees may not be awarded to regular or to Emeritus or Emerita faculty, administrators, staff, or students in recognition of achievements while employed or enrolled at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Holders of political offices selected on a partisan basis, or candidates for elective office may be considered under exceptional circumstances. While some prior association with the State of Illinois may make the nominee especially appropriate, it is not a necessary condition for the awarding degree.

Honorary Degree Nomination Form


Ordinarily the University shall have recognized distinguished service on the part of retiring faculty members by awarding Emeritus or Emerita status. Only in the most outstanding of cases may retired faculty be honored for their contributions. Faculty, staff members, and students presently employed or enrolled at SIUE, holders of political office selected on a partisan basis, or candidates for elective office may qualify for such awards under exceptional circumstances.

Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form

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