Call for Nominations: 2022 Honorary Degree Recipients

Oct. 12, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As our graduates will attest, attaining a Brandeis degree is a remarkable achievement. Every year at Commencement, in addition to awarding degrees to our graduating students, we grant honorary degrees to a select group of individuals whose contributions to business, politics, academia, public service, the arts, and other areas distinguish them as leaders of their respective fields. For our university, we seek to recognize those that represent not only the very best of their chosen professions but those who embody the highest values of our institution and shape their communities — and our world — for the better.

Throughout our university's history, we have bestowed honorary degrees upon a diverse range of public luminaries. Notable past recipients include David Ben-Gurion, Leonard Bernstein, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Deborah Lipstadt, Thurgood Marshall, Golda Meir, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Stevenson, Barbra Streisand, and Elie Wiesel.

Today, I write to invite you to nominate candidates for us to consider ahead of our Commencement 2022 celebrations. While we cannot guarantee that all nominations will be selected or approved, we value your input, and we ask that you submit your nominations by Friday, November 19.

You can learn more about previous honorary degree recipients on our website. We look forward to receiving your nominations.


Ron Liebowitz