Award Recipient at CU-Boulder's Commencement

CU-Boulder Chancellor DiStefano, and CU President Benson confer an honorary degree for Gerald One Feather in 2013.

Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

The Board of Regents may award Honorary Degrees, University Medals, or Distinguished Service Awards as follows:

  • Honorary Degrees recognize outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, philanthropy, and/or public service.
  • University Medals recognize those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university.
  • Distinguished Service Awards recognize those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the state and/or nation.

Call for Nominations

TO: Chancellors, Provosts, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Chairs, Faculty, CU Foundation, Alumni Associations, and Members of the Public

FROM: Patrick T. O’Rourke, Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Solicitation of nominations for 2019 Honorary Degrees, University Medals, and Distinguished Service Awards.


The purpose of this letter is to request your assistance in soliciting nominations for University of Colorado Honorary Degrees, University Medals, and Distinguished Service Awards.

An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the highest award the University of Colorado can bestow. It is the policy of the Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, public service and/or philanthropy.

University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university.

Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.

Please visit our newly updated website for information on the nomination process and to nominate someone for an Honorary Degree, University Medal, or Distinguished Service Award

Please direct questions about the process to the respective campus canvassing committee:

CU Boulder
Carole Capsalis
Deputy Chief of Staff
University of Colorado Boulder
914 Broadway, UCB 17
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-0318
Carole.capsalis@colorado.edu 
UCCS
Martin Wood
Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Main Hall 402E
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-3176 Mwood@uccs.edu
CU Denver | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Diana Kelly
Office of the Chancellor
1380 Lawrence St. Suite 1400 – CB 168
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-2075
diana.kelly@ucdenver.edu 
 
CU System
Mark Ostrander
Director of Operations
Office of the Board of Regents
1800 Grant Street, Suite 800
Denver, Colorado 80203
Phone: 303-860-5743
mark.ostrander@cu.edu 

Nomination Guidelines

  1. No person may nominate him/herself
  2. No current university employees may be nominated
  3. Current public officials may not be nominated
  4. Public officials may be nominated two years after completion of their terms of office

Nomination Process

  1. Each year, the nomination deadline is November 1st.  Late or incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.  Nominations received by November 1st will be considered for Regents Awards in the next calendar year.
  2. Regents Awards nominations must be submitted using the online Regents Awards nomination form and include three and not more than five letters of recommendation, including the nominator’s letter. Additionally, the nominee’s current vita or resume must be provided.  The nominator letter, letters of recommendations, and the nominee’s CV/resume must be uploaded as a pdf via the online nomination form.
  3. All nominations are confidential.  The list of approved honorees will be made public at the conclusion of the annual selection process.

Selection Process

  1. Each campus chancellor designates a campus specific Regents Awards Canvassing Committee that encourages nominations and submits qualified nominees to the Secretary of the Board of Regents by November 15th each year.
  2. The Regents Awards Selection Committee is composed of four regents and four faculty members of the Faculty Council on Educational Policy and University Standards (EPUS) committee and will meet in December to consider nominations and make recommendations to the full Board of Regents.
  3. The full Board of Regents will vote on nominations in January.
  4. After the vote, the chair of the Regents Awards Selection Committee will notify all awardees before names of awardees are made public. 
  5. Nominees not selected may be resubmitted for reconsideration if new information (such as additional accomplishments) is cited in the nomination package. Nominees not selected after two consecutive nominations may not be submitted again for three years, unless the regents specifically requests a submittal.

Granting Honorary Degrees, University Medals, and Distinguished Service Awards

  • To receive an Honorary Degree, the candidates selected or candidate’s representative must attend a university commencement within a two-year period following selection. University Medals or Distinguished Service Awards are generally awarded at commencements but may be awarded on other occasions, as determined by the board.
  • Additional Information for CU Boulder Nominations (see below)

Additional Information for CU Boulder Awardees

  • If your nominee receives an Honorary Degree, University Medal or Distinguished Service Award please be aware that the following hosting duties will be your responsibility:
  • A congratulatory letter will be sent to the awardee from the chancellor’s office, indicating the travel reimbursement and naming the campus host contact for the visit (nominator/designated campus individual).  The letter will provide contact information for the host to the awardee.
  • If the awardee would like any arrangements made while they are in Boulder, ie: campus tour, specific building tour, suggestions for restaurants and sight-seeing, the campus host will be responsible to assist them while they are in town for Commencement.
  • There may be ancillary commencement activities which will require the campus host to assist with transportation, logistics and hosting (for example the awardee may be asked to speak at a department event).
  • The nominator and/or campus host should bring the awardee to the Robing Room, in the Dal Ward center, where the platform party meets prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Special seating for those connected with the platform party will be provided.
  • When the ceremony is finished, the nominator/campus host should meet the awardee and accompany them to the brunch in the stadium club.
  • Following the brunch, the nominator/campus host should ensure that the awardee is returned to their hotel or vehicle.
  • The nominator/campus host will provide any necessary follow-up after the event to the awardee.  This may include sending photos, links, a thank-you note, programs if requested, etc.

Nomination Form

Before you start, you will need to gather the following information and documents

  1. Name, email, address and phone contact for the individual you intend to nominate
  2. Name and email of those who have written letter of recommendations
  3. Nominee’s resume/CV (pdf)
  4. Nomination letter (pdf)
  5. Letters of Recommendation (3 minimum but no more than 5 including the nomination letter)

Regent Award Nomination Form

Past Recipients