Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degree Nomination Process

Case Western Reserve University invites nominations for honorary degrees by which the university can recognize persons who exemplify in their work the highest ideals and standards of "excellence in any valued aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service, and the performing arts." (Faculty Handbook, 3, III.X)  Current members of the faculty, the staff, or the Board of Trustees are not eligible for an honorary degree.     

The honorary degree committee is chaired by Provost Ben Vinson III and includes a member from each faculty and ex-officio members including the University Marshal and Vice Provosts Donald Feke and Charles Rozek. Nominations for honorary degrees to be conferred at a future commencement may be submitted at any time during the year for review in the next cycle.

For full review, please include the information listed below, and send to academicaffairs@case.edu. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Nominations are confidential.  The nominee should not be informed of the nomination.  

Nominee Information:

  • Name
  • Nominating letter that explains the basis for the recommendation. 
  • Nominee’s vita or biography
  • Maximum of five letters of support (optional)
  • Other supporting material (optional)

Nominator Information:

  • Name
  • Telephone
  • Email address
  • Affiliation (student, faculty, staff, alumna/us)