- Persons to be recognized will have attained outstanding academic, professional, and/or civic stature through their accomplishments and contributions;
- Persons to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments should have a demonstrated connection to the mission and values of The University of Rhode Island and/or have made important contributions to the State of Rhode Island;
- Persons receiving an Honorary Degree from URI must appear in person at the Main Commencement Ceremony (Note – in rare situations the University may award an Honorary Degree posthumously);
- Nominees for a URI Honorary Degree must not be a current employee of the University or actively holding political office in or representing Rhode Island.
The Honorary Degree Committee considers all nominations that have been received each year from the University community and the public. The General Faculty Committee and the parameters considered are described in the 11th Edition of the University Manual, section 5.60.10.