Earlham College considers awarding honorary degrees to individuals of high achievement who have made significant contributions in academia and in other professions and pursuits. In the selection process, the College considers seriously how the individual’s character and their accomplishments best exemplify values articulated in the College’s Mission Statement.
Nominations are made to the Faculty Affairs Committee and are restricted to current and emeriti Earlham faculty. Nominations must be received by September 15. The Faculty Affairs Committee will review nominations and will determine those names to move forward for consideration by the full College faculty.
The Faculty Affairs Committee puts forth the names of nominees for approval by the Earlham Faculty Meeting during the fall semester. The Earlham Board of Trustees then receives a list of nominations for a first review at their February meeting. Nominations are approved (or not approved) at the Board of Trustees meeting in June.
Normally, the College invites one nominee to receive their degree at Commencement the following academic year. Other approved nominees will be invited in subsequent years.
Download a list of previous Honorary Degree Recipients.
Please answer the following about the Nominee.
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Noteworthy Academic and Professional Achievements:
Noteworthy Activities and Organizations, etc.
Please articulate your reasons for nominating
this individual. This should include a statement about the relationship of the
Nominee to Earlham College’s Mission, or in what ways the individual upholds
Earlham College’s values. The Earlham
College Mission Statement is included below for your convenience.
mission of Earlham College, an independent, residential college, is to provide
the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the
sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of
basic faith of Friends is that all truth is God's truth; thus Earlham
emphasizes: pursuit of truth, wherever that pursuit leads; lack of coercion,
letting the evidence lead that search; respect for the consciences of others;
openness to new truth and therefore the willingness to search; veracity,
rigorous integrity in dealing with the facts; application of what is known to
improving our world.
provide education of the highest quality with these emphases, Earlham's mission
requires selection of an outstanding and caring faculty committed to creating
an open, cooperative, learning environment. The College provides for the
continuous support and development of this faculty.
teaching-learning process at Earlham is shaped by a view of education as a
process of awakening the "teacher within," so that our students will
become lifelong learners. Students at Earlham are encouraged to be active,
College provides extensive opportunities for students and faculty to interact
with each other as persons, to learn from each other in a cooperative
community, an important aspect of which is collaborative student/faculty
Earlham College this education is carried on with a concern for the world in
which we live and for improving human society. The College strives to educate
morally sensitive leaders for future generations.
Your reasons for nominating