• Honorary Degrees at Hamline University

    Honorary degrees are awarded to outstanding high-achieving individuals who have made contributions in their respective fields, and who live lives that demonstrate the highest ethical integrity and commitment to the greater good.  They are are recognized as experts in their field and have earned honor and recognition for their work.  Honorary degree recipients are also well respected by their contemporaries and their peers.  While not all recipients have close Hamline connections, all such individuals exemplify Hamline’s core mission, vision, and values. A list of all honorary degree recipients, from 1884 through 2021, can be found here.

    Submit nominations no later than November 3, 2021, to provost@hamline.eduPlease Note: All nominations must remain confidential until public announcement of a recipient is made at commencement. 

    Individuals who are eligible for nomination include:

    • Individuals with high ethical integrity and who are well-respected in the community and beyond. 
    • Individuals who have made significant achievements in their field of study, work and/or community. 
    • Individuals who believe in Hamline’s mission, vision, and core values, and who exemplify the Wesley principles of “doing all the good you can” in how they live and work. 
    • Individuals with strong Hamline connections and/or whose work is in alignment with Hamline’s mission and vision. 
    • Individuals who have made significant contributions locally and globally, and who have received respect, honor, and prestige for their works. 
    • Individuals who are available to attend and accept the honorary degree during the Hamline Commencement Ceremony. 

      who are NOT ELIGIBLE include 
    • Individuals who are current Hamline faculty or staff members and/or faculty or staff in the year of their retirement.  
    • Individuals who are running for public office in that commencement year.  Individuals who currently hold public office are not excluded from consideration.