Call for Nominations, Honorary Degree Recipients 2018

The 2019 Honorary Degree Committee invite faculty members to submit nominations for the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to be presented at Commencement 2019.

The honorary doctorate is the highest academic honor awarded by the 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 personal statement for your proposal, along with supplemental information detailing your candidate’s accomplishments. We would also ask nominators to identify any candidate who might be a strong Commencement speaker. Nominations should be submitted no later than, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 via the Google Form. Late submissions and recommendations not submitted via the Google Form will not be considered by the Committee. A list of previous recipients is attached below for your reference. Questions or concerns can be directed to

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