Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Honorary Degree and Granite State Awards?

Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards Adminstration

c/o Commencement Office
Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Road
Durham, NH 03824
Commencement@unh.edu

Complete the online nomination form found here. 

You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination.

The nomination form will be reviewed for consideration.

A list of recommendations for degree/award recipients will be sent to the president and the Board of Trustees for approval.

The nominator will be notified if the nominee is selected.

Questions? Email commencement@unh.edu for assistance.

2. How do I nominate a degree or award recipient?

The process is as follows:

Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards Adminstration
c/o Commencement Office
Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Road
Durham, NH 03824
Commencement@unh.edu

Complete the online nomination form found here 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination.
The nomination form will be reviewed for consideration.
A list of recommendations for degree/award recipients will be sent to the president and the Board of Trustees for approval.
The nominator will be notified if the nominee is selected.

Questions? Email commencement@unh.edu for assistance.

3. How do I suggest a Commencement speaker?

Complete the online nomination form found here.

4. What are the criteria for nominations?

Please read the descriptions below to determine which category to nominate an individual for the University of New Hampshire's most prestigious awards and designation at the Commencement Ceremony.

Honorary Degrees are awarded to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Persons of national and/or international importance whose contributions have enhanced society as a whole.

• Persons who have brought significant enrichment or benefits to particular groups.

Nominees may include (but are not limited to) alumni, university benefactors, and citizens of the State of New Hampshire.

Granite State Awards are awarded to citizens, agencies, corporations, and foundations of the State of New Hampshire whose achievements and/or extraordinary service in their own particular spheres have madesignificant beneficial contributions to the State.

Commencement Speakers are chosen on the basis of their ability to inspire, motivate, and provide enlightenment to graduates by sharing experiences that elicit curiosity, instill knowledge, educate, and offer wisdom to students as they enter the next phase of their lives. Speakers should meet the criteria for receiving an Honorary Degree (see above).

Please note:

An individual may not nominate him or herself. Members of the Board of Trustees and members of the faculty and staff of the University System institutions should not, during their term of service or employment, be eligible for conferral of Honorary Degrees or Granite State Awards. Barring unusual and compelling circumstances, a reasonable interim (generally a period of not less than two years) should be allowed between retirement from service or employment and nomination of such individuals for this type of recognition.

Providing detailed information on the online nomination form will ensure your nominee is given full consideration by the Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards Committee and help distinguish him or her from the large pool of eligible candidates.