Honorary Degree Nominations
Honorary degrees are traditionally conferred at one of the university's commencement exercises in the spring, traditionally held in May. All honorary degrees are conferred by the Board of Trustees of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. The criteria and process for honorary degree nominations are described in the Board's Guidelines for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees available at the CSU's honorary degree website.
While the university accepts nominations for honorary degrees throughout the year, the formal call for nominations occurs in the fall semester and a formal online nomination form will be available on this web page. If you do not see a link to the form, this means that nominations are no longer being considered for the current honorary degree cycle. Nominations received after the open nomination period will be included in the pool of candidates and considered in the following cycle. Nominations are no longer being considered for 2017.
Nominations may be submitted using the nomination form on this page (if active) or mailed to:
Honorary Degree Screening Committee
Attn: Randy Reynaldo, Director of Administrative Services, President's Office
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street / UN 200
Northridge, CA 91330-8230
Confidentiality Statement: In accordance with Guidelines for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees issued by the Chancellor’s Office of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, the confidentiality of the process must be maintained during the entire nomination process; no campus representatives should make contact with a prospective nominee to discuss the possibility of a nomination. Only after an honorary degree has been approved by the Board of Trustees of the California State University may the campus discuss the honorary degree with the honoree. Once a name is submitted, the only public announcement about the process occurs after the Board has approved and announced to the campuses the names of the honorary degree recipients, and the honoree has been informed and agreed to accept the award. Honorary degrees are conferred in the name of the CSU and California State University, Northridge.
For a list of past recipients, visit CSUN's Honorary Degree Recipients web page. The list of individuals who have received an honorary degree from the California State University system is available here.