The following criteria are used to select honorary degree candidates:
1. Nominees should be distinguished individuals who have reached preeminent levels of distinction in their fields and made extraordinary contributions to society.
2. Nominees should demonstrate high achievements, preferably in educational, research or performance fields associated with Carnegie Mellon, including the arts, business, computer science, engineering, the humanities, policy, sciences or the social sciences. A nominee's contributions should reflect the values of the university.
3. It is desirable that nominees have connections to Carnegie Mellon (i.e., alumni, former faculty, friends or collaborators) and represent the diversity of the university culture and community.
Please note that it is the university's practice to honor public servants and political leaders only after their terms of office have ended. In addition, with rare exceptions, the committee does not consider nominations of current Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff, students or trustees.