Call for Nominations

Awards and Distinctions

Among the most significant acts undertaken by our University is the awarding of honours to individuals who have achieved great distinction through their contributions to the University and/or the local or global community. Honorary degrees and fellowships are awarded at Convocation on the authority of the Senate, and the Senate selects those to be honoured on the recommendation of its Honorary Degrees Committee. As Chair of that Committee, I am pleased to invite members of the University community to nominate individuals for consideration.


The University awards several different honours, notably Honorary Degrees and Fellowships. Honorary degrees (Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Science) are awarded to individuals from outside the University, who have made significant contributions to society; Fellowships (Fellow of United College and Fellow of The University of Winnipeg) are awarded to those former staff and volunteers, respectively, whose contributions have been primarily to The University of Winnipeg. Details are as follows:

DD (Doctor of Divinity) – This degree is conferred upon an ordained or consecrated member of the clergy for service in ministry. The DD was the only honorary degree conferred by this University prior to 1967.

LLD (Doctor of Laws) – This degree is conferred upon those recognized for service to the community, and for those recognized for scholarship in academic disciplines other than the sciences. The LLD is the most frequently given honorary degree, and was first conferred in 1968.

DSc (Doctor of Science) – This degree is conferred for scholarship in the sciences. The first DSc was conferred by this University in 1982.

LittD (Doctor of Letters) – This degree is conferred upon those whom the University wishes to recognize in the Literary, Performing, Visual or Fine Arts. The LittD has been conferred by this University several times since 1986.

Honorary Degrees are not generally conferred upon members or former members of the faculty, but exceptions can and have been made. The standard practice is to honour former faculty (and staff) by granting them Fellowship in United College. It is also standard practice for honourees to be honoured only once.

Fellowship in United College – Prior to 1967, the University awarded Fellowship in United College in lieu of honorary degrees. Fellowship in United College is awarded for distinguished service to The University of Winnipeg, and is reserved for retirees of the University, both faculty and staff, including the Collegiate.

Fellowship in the University of Winnipeg – In 2000, the Honorary Degrees Committee recommended that service to the University by volunteers be recognized by a new honour of Fellowship in The University of Winnipeg.

Emeritus Rank - The category of Professor emeritus is open only to retired members of the teaching faculty, who have attained the rank of Professor, The conferring of emeritus rank upon a retiring Professor is not, however, automatic, but is reserved for those who have served their academic disciplines with distinction, or the University with great distinction.

Academic administrators who have served the University with distinction are also eligible to receive the emeritus designation appropriate to their administrative position.

It has also been Senate’s practice, on occasion, to award the rank of Instructor emeritus to a retired member of the Collegiate faculty.

If you would like to make a nomination for any of the above outlined honours, please submit it to the University Secretary (710 – 491 Portage Avenue), who serves as Secretary of the Senate and of the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee, by Monday, December 11, 2017

Your nomination should be in the form of a letter, stating your reasons for making the nomination, which should speak to your nominee's suitability for an honorary degree or fellowship and, in the case of an honorary degree, to the matter of his or her connection with The University of Winnipeg or its ideals. Please ensure the particular honorary degree the nominee is most suited for is noted. In addition to your letter of nomination, please provide the following:

(a) letters in support of your nomination:

  • Minimum of two (2) letters of support and maximum of four (4) letters of support;
  • Each letter of support not to exceed two (2) pages (if double sided, not to exceed one (1) page);
  • If additional letters of support are received, please include a list of individuals who have submitted letters. Additional letters may be included, and will be kept on file in the Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel, and can be reviewed by members of the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee upon request.

(b) current resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee, containing current contact information; and

(c) your current contact information.

 Nominations which do not comply with the guidelines noted above will be returned to the nominator for revision.


Dr. Annette Trimbee

President & Vice-Chancellor