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Now's the chance for all members of the university community to nominate deserving candidates for this prestigious honor at commencement.

Honorary degree recipients are important to the university because they serve as an inspiration to the Carnegie Mellon University community, especially graduating students. They reinforce the significant impact of the university and enhance the commencement ceremony by underscoring the importance of the university in the world.

While the formal criteria are included on the nomination form, nominees should:

• have achieved preeminent levels of distinction in fields identified with educational, research, or performance programs at Carnegie Mellon University;
• have demonstrated respect and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship and service to society.

Completed nomination forms are due December 1, 2013 and must be submitted using the online nomination form. Thank you for your participation and helping to ensure that the university's honorary degree recipients will be a most deserving and distinguished group.

What do Tom Ridge, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Paul O'Neill, Herb Simon, Bill Cosby and Nobel Prize winner John Nash Jr. have in common?

They all hold honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.