Case Western Reserve University invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at commencement ceremonies in 2010 or 2011.
According to the Faculty Handbook, the university confers degrees to recognize individuals who exemplify in their work the highest ideals and standards of excellence in "any valued aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service, and the performing arts." For instance, David M. Crane, professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law; Margaret J. Giannini, M.D., director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability; Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org; and Raymond K. Shepardson, leader of the efforts to preserve Playhouse Square, received honorary doctorate degrees during the May 2008 commencement ceremonies.
The university community is invited to submit nominations, preferably by e-mail, by September 15, 2008 to the Office of the Provost, c/o of Lois Langell . The committee will consider recommendations received by that date, as well as any recommendations submitted last year that were selected for reconsideration in 2008. Current members of the faculty, staff, or the Board of Trustees are not eligible to receive an honorary degree. Learn more.
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