Nominate Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
Committee on Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees of Iona College invite nominations for commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are all welcome to participate in the nomination process. All nominees must reflect the values and mission of Blessed Edmund Rice, the Christian Brothers and Iona College. The committee will review nominees to determine if they meet our criteria listed below. President Carey and the board of trustees will make the final selections.
Committee Chair: Dr. Colleen Jacobson, associate professor of Psychology
To nominate a student speaker, please visit this page.
Criteria for Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
The selection of a commencement speaker and awarding of honorary degrees is taken seriously. All nominees must reflect the values and mission of Iona College.
Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Have a distinguished record of service to humanity, peace and justice
Have made important contributions to Catholic education
Have exhibited exemplary leadership in public service or business
Have distinguished intellectual and creative achievements
An Iona alumnus with a distinguished record of achievement in his/her field
An Iona alumnus with a distinguished record of service to society
To make a nomination please complete the form in the link below. The committee will review all nominees. Nominees deemed worthy of further consideration will be forwarded to President Carey. The president and board of trustees will make the final decision and be responsible for contacting and scheduling nominees for the commencement ceremony.
Commencement speakers will be chosen based on the criteria discussed above. As the commencement ceremony is a celebration of the accomplishments of our graduating class, Commencement speakers should have the ability to give a positive, meaningful and inspirational address to the graduating class and their families. It is also our practice to confer an honorary degree upon commencement speakers.
In selecting honorary degree recipients, Iona College seeks individuals whose achievements reflect the values and mission of Blessed Edmund Rice, the Christian Brothers and Iona College. Honorary degree recipients must possess a distinguished record of service to humanity, peace and justice.
The committee will consider nominees for two years from the date of nomination. If a nominee is not selected within the two-year period, they will be removed from the list of potential candidates.