SOLICITATION FOR COMMENCEMENT 2016

 

To Members of the Columbia University Community:

The Trustees and the Executive Committee of the University Senate invite you to nominate candidates for Columbia University honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence, which will be awarded at Commencement 2016. 

Please attach current, in-depth biographical and background information (see example below) to each nomination form.  We also request that you include a letter of nomination stating why your proposed candidate(s) should receive a University honor. 

The deadline is December 19, 2014.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan D. Schiller, Chair of the Trustees                                        

Sharyn O'Halloran, Chair of the Executive Committee of the University Senate

 


Please submit nominations to:

HONORS AND PRIZES

Office of the Secretary, Columbia University

211 Low Memorial Library

535 West 116 Street, Mail Code 4324

New York, NY  10027

 

NOMINATIONS MUST INCLUDE CURRENT AND IN-DEPTH BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

SAMPLE FORMAT FOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

 

RITA DOVE

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet and

Former Poet Laureate of the United States

Year of birth: 1952

Place of birth: Akron, Ohio

Education: Oberlin College, B.A., 1974; Universität Tübingen (Germany), postgraduate, 1974 – 1975; University of Iowa, MFA, 1977

Honorary degree(s): Miami University, 1988; Knox College, 1989; Tuskegee University, 1994; University of Miami, 1994; Washington University, 1994; Case Western Reserve University, 1994; University of Akron, 1994; Arizona State University, 1995; Boston College, 1995; Dartmouth College, 1995; Spelman College, 1996; University of Pennsylvania, 1996; University of North Carolina, 1997; University of Notre Dame, 1997; Northeastern University, 1997

Nominator(s):  Alan Stone, Vice President for Public Affairs

Basis for nomination: Nomination letter is attached.

Background information (professional):  

Arizona State University, assistant professor (1981-1984); associate professor (1984 – 1987); professor (1987 – 1989)          

Library of Congress, U.S. Poet Laureate/Consultant in Poetry (1993-1995)          

University of Virginia, professor (1989-1993); Commonwealth Professor of English (1993 – present)        

Author: Ten Poems (1977), The Only Dark Spot in the Sky (1980), The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Mandolin (1982), Museum (1983), Fifth Sunday (1985), Thomas and Beulah (1986), The Other Side of the House (1988), Grace Notes (1989), Through the Ivory Gate (1992), Lady Freedom Among Us (1994), The Darker Face of the Earth (1994), Mother Love (1995), The Poet’s World (1995)

Honors and awards: Fulbright Scholar, Universität Tübingen (1974-75); National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Writing Fellow (1978 and 1989); Portia Pittman Fellow,  National Endowment for the Humanities, Tuskegee Institute (1982); Guggenheim Fellow (1983-84); Lavan Younger Poet Award, the Academy of American Poets (1986); Callaloo Award (1986); Pulitzer Prize in poetry (1987); Bellagio Residency, The Rockefeller Foundation (1988); Mellon Fellow, National Humanities Center (1988-89); Ohioan Award (1990); Phi Beta Kappa poet, Harvard University (1993); NAACP Great American Artist Award (1993); Virginia College Stores Book Award (1993); Carl Sandburg Award, International Platform Association (1994); Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement (1994); Renaissance Forum Award, Folger, Shakespeare Library (1994)


Honors Candidate Biography

CANDIDATE:                       

 

PRESENT POSITION:

 

CANDIDATE’S ADDRESS:                         

 

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:                                                     

 

EDUCATION:

 

HONORARY DEGREES RECEIVED (university and year):

 

PROPOSED UNIVERSITY HONOR (please check one):

       Honorary Degree                  University Medal for Excellence

 

NOMINATOR:                                                         

 

NOMINATOR’S ADDRESS:           

 

JUSTIFICATION (Major Accomplishments):

NOTE: Please state why your proposed candidate should receive a University honor.  Also, please provide the Committees with current, in-depth biographical and background information.

 

______________________________

Signature of Nominator

 


Honorary Degree categories

Professor Emeritus/Emerita:

To be awarded to an outstanding professor emeritus/emerita of Columbia University

The Arts

Architecture                                                                  

Communications

Dance                                                                                 

Drama

Film

Journalism

Music

Painting and Sculpture                                                                              

Writing            

Urban Planning

 

 

The Humanities and Social Sciences:

Anthropology                                                                      

Archeology

Art History

Business Theory                                                                   

Economics

Geography

History                                                               

International Relations                                                                

Languages and Literature

Law and Legal History

Music

Political Science                                                                  

Philosophy

Psychology

Religion

Sociology                                             

Teaching

 

The Natural, Applied, and Pure Sciences

Astronomy

Biology

Botany                                                                                  

Chemistry                                                                      

Earth Sciences

Engineering

Health Sciences

Mathematics

Meteorology

Oceanology                                                                               

Physics

Statistics

Zoology

 

Public Life and Government

Business Leaders

Civil Rights Leaders

Diplomats

Educational Leaders 

Environmentalists          

Foreign Government officials

Foundation Heads 

Heads of Research Institutes    

Heads of State             

Labor Leaders  

Lawyers  

Librarians                    

Museum Directors and Curators 

Philanthropists 

Political Leaders           

Religious Leaders 

Social Leaders

United States Government officials

 

Background and guidelines for honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence

Honorary degrees were first awarded in 1758.  Honorees do not need to be graduates of Columbia University.  No honorary degree or University Medal for Excellence will be awarded to any person who is a full-time regular officer of the University. 

The University Medal for Excellence was first awarded in 1929.  The current practice is to award one Medal per year at Commencement to an alumnus or alumna.  Hence, graduates from all divisions of the University, including Barnard College and Teachers College, are eligible for the Medal.  The candidate must be a person under 45 years of age whose record in scholarship, public service, and/or professional life is outstanding. 

Neither the University Medal for Excellence nor honorary degrees are awarded in absentia.