Request for 2018 Honorary Degree Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

As Chair of the 2018 Honorary Degree Committee, I invite you to submit nominations for the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to be presented at Commencement 2018.

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 outstanding contributions to and/or leadership in the fields of visual art and design; outstanding contributions in scholarly advancement in the fields of visual art and design; or other significant, meritorious achievements that reflect the core values and standards of the institution.

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 Friday, January 20, 2017 via the Google Form here. A list of previous recipients is attached below for your reference. Questions or concerns can be directed to

Lareese Hall, Chair, Honorary Degree Committee


Click here to access a list of previous Honorary Degree recipients

Honorary Degree Nominations

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