Programs and Awards
Honorary degrees are awarded by SUNY on behalf of Binghamton University. These awards recognize personal excellence and extraordinary achievement and honor meritorious and outstanding service to the University, the State of New York, the United States or to humanity at large. Binghamton University welcomes nominations for honorary degrees.
The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are awarded by SUNY to recognize superior professional achievement and to encourage the continued excellence among faculty, staff and students. The nomination period is usually mid-December. To nominate faculty and staff, contact the individual's dean's office or the office of the divisional vice president.
Established in 1991 by President Lois B. DeFleur, the University Medal is the highest honor bestowed by Binghamton University. The University Medal is given at the discretion of the Binghamton University president to recognize path-breaking achievements and true excellence in one's career accomplishments; a distinguished commitment to Binghamton University, higher education and the pursuit of knowledge; and/or a demonstrated commitment to the betterment of society through exceptional leadership and mentorship of the next generation. Commensurate with other prestigious accolades at Binghamton University, the University Medal is typically conferred at Commencement or other celebratory events to publicly honor the accomplishments of the recipient and recognize the ideals which Binghamton University seeks to foster among its premier students and esteemed faculty and staff.
There is no formal nomination process for the University Medal, though the President's Office welcomes suggestions regarding outstanding individuals. Nominees should be individuals whose life and work has enhanced the community, state, nation or world. Special consideration will be given to those who meet these requirements and who are distinguished by their support for Binghamton University.