The honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota. An honorary degree may be awarded to an individual who has achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship. Nominees cannot be a current member of the University faculty or staff or a sitting Regent, but retirees are eligible. Nominees need not have been educated at or otherwise associated with the University. Honorary degrees are not awarded to encourage or reward financial contributions to the University.
The University Awards & Honors website lists University-wide awards and national and international awards. Use the navigation tool above to search for awards. Each page will list links to award pages which provide award descriptions, nominating procedures, and criteria.