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2022 Honorary Degree Nominations

March 31, 2021

To All Faculty, Staff and Students,

The Stony Brook University Committee on Honorary Degrees will begin its work leading to the recommendation of candidates for SUNY Honorary Degrees to be awarded in 2022. The chairs of the committee are Eric Wertheimer, Dean of the Graduate School, and Deborah Lowen-Klein, Interim Vice President for Advancement.

The purposes of Honorary Degrees awarded by the State University of New York are:

  • To recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social services, which exemplify the mission and purposes of the State University of New York;

  • To honor meritorious and outstanding service to the University, the State of New York, the United States, or to humanity at large;

  • To recognize persons whose lives serve as examples of the University's aspirations for its students.

Please also note that since this degree is awarded by the State University of New York, a recipient of an Honorary Degree from one SUNY campus is not eligible for a degree from another. In addition, current faculty or staff are ineligible as SUNY prohibits awarding an Honorary Degree to people currently employed by the University.

We must ask that you do all you can to ensure that confidentiality is maintained and that you do not contact nominees, nor in any way communicate to them that they are being considered for an Honorary Degree. 

*TO NOMINATE SOMEONE:  Please submit a one-page summary about the nominee, identifying the nominee by name, title, present position, and/or profession.  The remainder of the page should summarize the nominee's most important achievements and the relevance of these achievements to Stony Brook's mission. 

Nominations should be sent to Gianna Juliano-Hooper at the Graduate School, Zip=4433 or  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 30, 2021.

To obtain further information, a complete list of past SUNY or Stony Brook honorary degree recipients, or a set of the guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees, please contact Gianna at 631-632-7035.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Maurie McInnis