Honorary awards

The University of Sydney recognises

  • exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree.
  • outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

How do I write a citation?

Once Senate has approved the recommendation of the Nominations and Appointments Committee with respect to honorary awards, each successful nominator will be asked to prepare a draft citation which will then be checked for accuracy with the recipient.

The citation is read at the ceremony prior to the conferring of the award.

Content
  • Opening sentence:
    – Chancellor, it gives me great pleasure to present [name] to you for admission to the degree of Doctor of xxx (honoris causa).
    or
    – Chancellor, it gives me great pleasure to present [name] to you for the award of an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Sydney.
  • Full name of nominee
  • Imperial or Australian honours
  • Discipline area and major achievements that warrant the nomination for an honorary award
  • Accurate information
  • Concluding sentence:
    – Chancellor, I present [name] for admission to the degree of Doctor of xxx (honoris causa), and I invite you to confer the degree upon him/her.
    or
    – Chancellor, I present [name] and invite you to confer the title of Honorary Fellow of the University upon him/her.
Style
  • Simple English
  • Describe achievements, especially in specialised fields, so that they may be readily understood and appreciated, as well as being easy to read out aloud, i.e. the use of technical terms should be kept to a minimum
Length
  • A maximum of one typed, single spaced A4 page
Examples
  • Click here for previous citations, especially the more recent ones.