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Honorary Degree Nomination

The honorary degree nomination process

The NAIT Board of Governors takes pride in awarding honorary degrees to individuals whose accomplishments locally, nationally or internationally qualify them for NAIT’s highest recognition. Honorary degrees are presented at NAIT’s Convocation ceremonies.

Both personally and professionally, the individual must demonstrate:

  • alignment with NAIT’s values, vision and mission
  • support of polytechnic education and life-long learning
  • commitment to community
  • role model characteristics, for current and future students and graduates of NAIT

In making its recommendations, the subcommittee will maintain a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

An affiliation with NAIT is desirable but not mandatory. The honorary degree will be presented to outstanding people in diverse fields who are not currently employees of the polytechnic or members of the NAIT Board of Governors.

Who can submit a nomination

Anyone can submit a nomination for a NAIT honorary degree.

The honorary degree nomination process is confidential. Out of respect for all nominees, we ask that you please not notify the nominee about the nomination. Successful nominees will receive official notification before awarding.

How to submit a nomination

Honorary degree nominations will be accepted until January 5, 2024. All nominations are kept on file for five years and reviewed annually.

An electronic submission of your package is preferred. Where possible, please submit one PDF document with the nomination form and all supporting material. Please submit your nomination package by email to: honorarydegree@nait.ca

If you are unable to submit your package by email, please mail it to:

NAIT Honorary Degree Selection Committee
c/o Vice-President External Relations
Room T713, 11762-106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5G 2R1

What to include in your nomination package

Your nomination package must include:

  •     this completed nomination form,
  •     a nomination letter including details and documentation supporting the candidate’s distinctions and achievements,
  •     the candidate’s resume, curriculum vitae, or similar list of education and professional appointments
  •     a minimum of two (2) concise written statements from others in support of your nominee, and
  •     a photo of the nominee (if available)

Decisions on the award recipients will be based on the information provided in your nomination package. Please be as thorough as possible in your nomination.

How nominations are reviewed

The Industry and Community Engagement Committee of NAIT's Board of Governors recommends approval of the honorary degree recipients supplied by Academic Council to the Board of Governors.



If you have any questions about the nomination process or require support with submitting your nomination, please contact honorarydegree@nait.ca.

Honorary Degree Nomination Form

Personal Information on the Nominee

Mr., Mrs., Ms., Mx., Dr.
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Reasons for the Nomination

Please describe in detail why you feel the nominee deserves an honorary degree from NAIT. Please include information on how the nominee demonstrates excellence in the following areas:

  • Support of NAIT's vision, values and promises
  • Learning growth – supports the uniqueness of polytechnic education and lifelong learning
  • Community growth – an inspiring leader and/or corporate citizen
Maximum 3500 characters

Chronological Biography, Education, Achievements and Awards

Please avoid using abbreviations and acronyms. You may wish to use LinkedIn and publicly available bios as a resource, if available.

Maximum 3500 characters
Your photo must be a high-resolution jpg/jpeg.

Supporting Documentation

Please include a minimum of two (2) concise written statements from others in support of your nominee. You can submit these documents as one PDF or as separate PDF files compressed in a zip file. If you need help on how to add files to a zip file, please refer to  these instructions from Microsoft.

Please upload either a PDF for zip file.

Nominator Information

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