Bucknell University awards honorary degrees to recognize individuals whose work exemplifies the qualities of intellect, character, and creativity so highly valued by the University. Special consideration is given to those individuals whose distinguished contributions have not been widely or formally recognized outside their own fields and to individuals who are part of the Bucknell community.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis year-round from members of the Bucknell community, including faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and friends using the online Nomination Form: http://my.bucknell.edu/x59554.html

Individuals who do not have Bucknell login credentials should email their nominations and related material to provostsoffice@bucknell.edu.

Nominations for honorary degrees must include:

  • A letter no longer than two pages explaining why the nominee should be considered for an honorary degree.
  • Biographical information on the nominee (including education, positions held, accomplishments, honors, and awards)

Nominations may also include letters of support, published articles about the nominee, or other supporting documentation (not required).

Questions should be directed to provostsoffice@bucknell.edu.

Honorary Degree Nomination Form

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Previous Honorary Degree Recipients


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Doctor of Humane Letters, 2008

David McCullough

David McCullough is a leading American historian and the author of numerous bestsellers, including John Adams and 1776. A graduate of Yale University, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize. In recogition of his literary achievements, Bucknell named McCullough its 2008 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters.

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Doctor of Humane Letters, 2013

Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earned her doctorate in elementary particle physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an influential leader and scholar in academe, research, government and industry, with special policy interest in diversity, education and research in the STEM fields.

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Doctor of Humane Letters, 2009

Elie Wiesel

Humanitarian and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has written more than 60 books, including the acclaimed 1960 novel Night, based upon his experience as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and president of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. In recognition of his global activism, education and advocacy, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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