*Office of the  President

	November 12, 2013

/From:///Tom Sullivan, President

/To:/// UVM Faculty, Staff and Students

/Re:/// *Commencement 2015*

    Although the 213th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014 is
    a number of months away, plans are under way for the 214th
    Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015. An important aspect
    of the ceremony is the awarding of honorary degrees and the delivery
    of the Commencement address. On behalf of the Honorary Degree
    Advisory Committee, I invite and welcome your participation in the
    process by submitting nominations of potential honorary degree
    recipients and persons to be considered to deliver the Commencement

    The Honorary Degree Advisory Committee will begin the work of
    identifying those candidates who best meet the established criteria.
    It is the University's President's authority to select the
    Commencement speaker, in consultation with the Committee, who may
    also be recommended to receive an honorary degree.

    Honorary Degree and Commencement speaker nominations may be
    submitted online at Commencement 2015
    addition to information on the process of submitting a nomination,
    the website contains the criteria considered in conferring an
    honorary degree and recommending a Commencement speaker along with
    areas considered when evaluating nominations. If you would prefer to
    mail your nomination, please write to Honorary Degree Advisory
    Committee, c/o Gary Derr, Vice President for Executive Operations,
    347 Waterman Building, 85 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT,
    05405. The deadline for nominations for Commencement 2015 is Monday,
    February 24, 2014. Your letter should state how the nominee fits the
    nomination criteria and why the University should honor the nominee
    in this way. Please also include biographical information, whether
    the nominee has connections to UVM or Vermont, and the nominee's
    current contact information, as well as yours. As the Committee is
    tasked to narrow nominations to a list of 3 -- 5 nominees for
    recommendation, it is important that nominators keep their
    nominations confidential. The Committee may also recommend that
    nominees be awarded the honorary degree at a December Commencement.

    Please accept my gratitude on behalf of the Honorary Degree Advisory
    Committee for your involvement in this important process.

Tom Sullivan
University of Vermont
85 South Prospect
Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405

(802) 656-7878 (office)
(802) 656- 9220 (fax)

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