Call for nominations: 2018 Regents awards

CU’s highest honors include Honorary Degrees, University Medals
By Staff

The University of Colorado Board of Regents soliciting nominations for its 2018 slate of Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards.

An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the highest award CU can bestow. It is the policy of the Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, public service and/or philanthropy.

University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university, while Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.

Nominations must meet the following criteria (Laws of the Regents, Article 9, and Regent Policy 9-A):

Nomination Process:

(a) Each year the vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents will solicit names of nominees for these awards.

(b) Honorary Degree, University Medal and Distinguished Service Award nominations must be submitted on the award nomination form and supported by three and not more than five letters of recommendation. The nominator will provide the recommendation letters and the nominee’s current vitae/resume, address, telephone number, and e-mail.

(c) Nomination Guidelines

  • No person may nominate him/herself, nor may current university employees be nominated.
  • Current public officials may not be nominated. Public officials are elected or appointed officials in policy-making positions with the ability to directly affect the university through an official act.
  • Public officials may be nominated two years after completion of their terms of office.

View the complete policy at

Being nominated is no guarantee of an award. All nominations will be considered confidential. The list of approved honorees will be made public during the spring 2018 semester.

Award selectees will be invited to attend commencement of the nominating campus, but can opt to attend any CU commencement within a two-year period. Some of the expenses for the honoree to attend commencement ceremony activities will be funded by the host campus.

Nominations are due to campus canvassing committees by Nov. 1. Late or incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

It will be the responsibility of the nominator to obtain the required letters of support, vitae or resume, and nominee data. Nominations received by the campus canvassing committees, and judged to be qualified and complete, will be referred to the University Affairs Committee by Nov. 15.

Please direct questions about the process to the respective campus's canvassing committee:

CU Boulder
Carole Capsalis
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder
914 Broadway, UCB 17
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-0318

Martin Wood
Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Main Hall 402E
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-3176

University of Colorado
Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Diana Kelly
Office of the Chancellor
1380 Lawrence St. Suite 1400 – CB 168
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-2075

CU system
Mark Ostrander
Director of Operations
Office of the Board of Regents
1800 Grant St., Eighth Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-860-5743



For more information and to download award nomination forms, please go to:

If you would like hard copies of the forms sent to you, please call the Board of Regents office at 303-860-5743. 

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