Call for nominations - honorary degree recipients
July 3, 2015

Honorary Degree Committee
Call for Nominations for 2016 Commencement
Closing date:  Friday, September 18, 2015

To All Members of the NSCAD Community:
NSCAD’s Honorary Degree Committee is charged with selecting individuals, for conferral of the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa). To this end, the committee seeks nominations for individuals from the NSCAD community.
By awarding honorary degrees, NSCAD University seeks to recognize extraordinary achievement, in Canada or abroad, in community, national or international involvement, and to honour those individuals whose accomplishments are of such generally perceived excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.

Their esteem should be such that, by virtue of accepting an honorary degree, their presence will bring honour and distinction to NSCAD University.

The Committee defines as broad a range of categories for achievement as possible in obtaining and considering nominations. In determining the leaders and exemplars to honour, it will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and backgrounds. The Committee also considers the association nominees may have with NSCAD University or with higher education more broadly. The Committee also attempts to reflect the national character of Canada, the desirable features of its regional and cultural diversity, and the character and diversity of the University itself. As such, it is necessary for the Committee to have a diverse pool of candidates so that it may consider diversity in all of its dimensions.

Criteria for Selection

The Committee will seek nominations of candidates who have demonstrated:

  1. Inspirational leadership in, or service to, society;
  2. Outstanding contributions to, or leadership in, a field or discipline of study or a non-academic area of achievement; or
  3. Significant pattern of outstanding achievement at, or contributions to, NSCAD University. Particular consideration will be given to those candidates whose contributions or leadership have not yet been widely recognized, but which merit such recognition. Every effort will be made to select candidates who are reflective of the diversity of the University community and of Canadian society.

Nominators should ensure that their nomination letter and supporting materials provide reasons for the nomination and are as complete as possible. They should cite the pre-eminence of the individual nominee in his/her respective field, and/or achievements and accomplishments of an outstanding nature. If submitting multiple nominations, they are encouraged to provide a ranking for those nominations. This will both assist the Committee in their deliberations and may reduce the amount of supplementary information requested by the Committee.  

To assure the confidentiality of the process, nominators shall keep the nomination confidential from the nominee. Do not initiate a letter-writing campaign to support nomination; doing so will not influence the outcome.

Please send all nomination documentation in electronic or paper format to:
Att: Honorary Degree Committee
c/o Chris McFarlane
Office of University Relations (Rm. D400)
5163 Duke Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
Closing date:  Friday, September 18, 2015

For more information, please see Honorary Degree Committee Policy (PDF)