Request for 2016 Honorary Degree Nominations

To: RISD Faculty, Staff, Students, Trustees

From: Nancy Skolos, Chair, Honorary Degree Committee

Subject: Request for 2016 Honorary Degree Nominations

As Chair of the Honorary Degree Committee, I invite you to submit nominations for the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to be presented at Commencement 2016.

The honorary doctorate is the highest academic honor awarded by Rhode Island School of Design. Recipients join a roster of extraordinary individuals who inspire and sustain our learning community and collectively represent RISD’s leadership in the arts. Criteria for nominees include distinction in arts and letters; advocacy of or service to the arts; significant achievement in criticism or scholarship; or special dedication to the mission and values of Rhode Island School of Design.

Please support your nomination with a summary statement of your candidate’s accomplishments and reasons for your proposal. We would also ask nominators to identify any candidate who might be a strong commencement speaker. Nominations should be submitted no later than April 10, 2015 via the Google Form at Questions or concerns can be directed to Jessica Hodgdon at

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