Recipients of Honorary Degrees (By Year)

YEAR NAME CEREMONY DEGREE AWARD HU DEGREE RECEIVED
1869 AUGUSTA, Dr. A. T.   D.Med.  
1871 AUGUSTA, Dr. A. T.   M.A.  
1871 PURVIS, Dr. Charles B.   M.A.  
1871 REYBURN, Dr. Robert   M.A. MED MD, 1880
1872 DOUGLASS, Frederick   LL.D.  
1872 POMEROY, S.C.   LL.D.  
1874 AVILING, Rev. Thomas W.   D.DIV.  
1874 HOLLY, James Theodoro   D.DIV.  
1874 LANGSTON, John M.   LL.D.  
1877 WAYMAN, Rt. Rev. Alexander Walter   D.DIV.  
1880 BISCHOFF, J.W.   D.MUS.  
1881 BULKLEY, Rev. C. H. A.   D.DIV.  
1881 LANE, Wiley   M.A. PR CER, 1873;
C AB, 1877;
C MA, 1881
1881 SIMMONS, William J.   M.A. C AB, 1873;
C MA, 1881
1882 RICHARDSON, The Hon. W. A.   LL.D.  
1882 SLADDEN, Lt. Joseph A.   M.A. MED MD, 1871
1882 WHITTLESEY, Rev. Eliphalet   D.DIV. PR CER, 1872
1883 SEAMEN, W.H.   D.MED.  
1883 WAIT, The Hon. John J.   LL.D.  
1888 BUNDY, James F.   M.A. PR CER, 1880; C AB, 1884; LW LLB, 1886; LW LLM, 1887;
C AM, 1888
1888 JOHNSON, Dr. C.C.   M.A. PR CER, 1881;
C AB, 1885;
MED MD, 1888
1888 KINSMAN, J. B.   LL.D.  
1888 STURMAN, Dr. E. Albert   LL.D.  
1890 JONES, Rev. Thomas M.   D.DIV.  
1890 LEIGHTON, B. F.   LL.D.  
1891 HARRIS, Bishop Cicero R.   D.DIV.  
1891 TEMPLE, Rev. Richard   LL.D.  
1892 CHEEVERS, Rev. H. T.   D.DIV.  
1892 COOK, Rev. Joseph   LL.D.  
1892 COOPER, J.S.   Bachelor of Divinity TH DIP, 1895
1892 GRICE, J. L.   Bachelor of Divinity PR CER, 1985;
C AB, 1879;
TH DIP, 1882
1892 HARVEY, Rev. Charles A.   D.MED.  
1892 HUGHES. Rev. S. R.   M.A.  
1892 LANING, John F.   D.MED. MED MD, 1892
1892 MILLER, Lawrence   Bachelor of Divinity TH DIP, 1880
1892 NICHOLS, Rev. D. B.   D.DIV. MED MD, 1871
1892 PARSONS, Starr   D.MED. DN DDS, 1887
1892 STRIEBY, Rev. M. E.   LL.D.  
1892 UPSHAW, Arthur   Bachelor of Divinity  
1893 BRUCE, The Hon. B. K.   LL.D.  
1893 EVANS, O. H.   D.MUS.  
1893 FOSTER, Rev. R. B.   D.DIV.  
1893 GRISSELL, Rev. H. B.   D.DIV.  
1893 HART, William H.H.   M.A. PR CER, 1880;
C AB, 1885;
LW LLB, 1887;
LW LLM, 1894
1893 MORRIS, Rev. P. F.   M.A.  
1893 TRISSELL, Rev. H. B.   D.DIV.  
1893 WARRING, E. J.   M.A. LW LLB, 1905
1894 BUTLER, Rev. H. E.   D.DIV.  
1894 CLARKE, Rev. G. V.   M.A.  
1894 ROBINSON, Rev. O. D.   M.A. TH DIP, 1887
1895 DYSON, Miss Laura F.   M.A. PER CR, 1872;
C AB, 1876
1895 EWELL, Rev. J. L.   D.DIV.  
1895 GREENE, Rev. S. H.   LL.D.  
1895 MORRIS, Rev. P. F.   D.DIV. PR CER, 1873;
TH DIP, 1880
1895 PARKINSON, G. R.   M.A.  
1895 SETTLE, J. T.   M.A. C AB, 1872;
LW LLB, 1875
1895 SMALL, Rev. C. H.   M.A.  
1896 CLARK, Prof. Isaac   D.DIV.  
1896 COOK, Rev. Joseph   LL.D.  
1896 CUNEY, The Hon. N. W.   M.A. LW LLB, 1903
1896 JULIAN, Rev. John   LL.D.  
1896 MALLORY, Rev. R. D. W.   D.Div.  
1897 BARROWS, Rev. Samuel  J.   D.DIV.  
1897 HARDER, Rev. W. Garrett   D.DIV.  
1897 HARRIES, Maj. G. H.   M.A.  
1897 WANAMAKER, The Hon. John   LL.D.  
1897 WARING, J. H. N.   M.A. PR CER, 1877;
MED MD, 1888
1897 WISEMAN, Rev. Daniel E.   M.A. TH DIP, 1884
1898 BASCOM, William S.   LL.D.  
1898 GREENER, The Hon. R. T.   LL.D.  
1898 OYABE, Rev. I.   M.A. TH CER, 1894
1898 STAFFORD, Father D. J.   D.DIV.  
1898 THOMPSON, Rev. Mark   M.A. PB CER, 1885;
C AB, 1889
1898 WHITE, The Hon. George H.   M.A. N CER, 1877
1899 CROOKE, A. A.   M.A.  
1899 GILE, Rev. F. F.   M.A. TH DIP, 1882
1899 STAFFORD, Father D. J.   LL.D.  
1899 WHITMAN, B. L.   LL.D.  
1900 BRAINERD, Rev. Ezra   D.DIV.  
1900 SUNDERLAND, Rev. Byron   LL.D.  
1900 TERRELL, Robert N.   M.A.  
1902 HOLMES, Morrison A.   M.A.  
1902 PITZER, A.W.   LL.D.  
1902 POWELL, Sr., Dr. A. Clayton   LL.D.  
1902 SCHOENFIELD, Dr.   LL.D.  
1902 SEYMOUR, Rev. Charles R.   D.DIV.  
1902 STRAKER, The Hon. D. A.   LL.D. LW LLB, 1871
1903 BARRETT, Hon. J. H.   LL.D.  
1904 GALE, James S.   D.DIV.  
1904 SMYTHE, John Henry   M.A. LW LLB, 1871
1905 HUGHES, Rev. Singleton Russell   D.DIV. TH DIP, 1885
1905 NAYLOR, Rev. McHenry Jermiah   D.DIV. TH CER, 1892;
PR CER, 1894
1905 PEYTON, Rev. Randolph Vincent   D.DIV. TH DIP, 1889
1905 WASHINGTON, Josephine Jewett   M.A.  
1906 BROWN, Rev. Sterling N.   D.DIV.  
1906 MOORLAND, Rev. J. E.   D.DIV. TH DIP, 1891
1906 WHEATLAND, Dr. Marcus F.   M.A.  
1906 WHITMAN, B. L.   LL.D.  
1908 GARNER, Rev. Alexander C.   D.DIV.  
1908 MILLER, Rev. Shelton   D.DIV. TH CER, 1892
1908 MOORE, Rev. George W.   D.DIV.  
1908 WISEMAN, Rev. Daniel E.   D.DIV. TH DIP, 1884
1909 GARFIELD, The Hon. James Rudolph   LL.D.  
1910 BROOKS, Rev. Walter T. H.    D.DIV.  
1910 CLAIR, Rev. M. W.   D.DIV. TC AB, 1913
1910 CLARKE, Rev. George B.   D.DIV.  
1911 BAKER, Henry Moore   LL.D.  
1911 HUNTON, William Alpheun   M.A.  
1911 JONES, Bishop Robert E.     LL.D.  
1911 JONES, Robert C.   LL.D.  
1911 McCOY, Rev. Joseph L.   D.DIV.  
1911 SAYLES, Rev. Aquila   D.DIV. TH CER, 1901
1912 DONEY, Carl G.   LL.D.  
1912 GRAHAM, Neil F.   LL.D.  
1912 MILLER, Rev. George Frazier   D.DIV. PR CER, 1884;
C AB, 1888;
C MA, 1893
1912 WOOD, Rev. Scott   D.DIV. PR CER, 1879;
C AB, 1883;
LW LB, 1886
1913 LAMB, Daniel Smith   LL.D.  
1913 PAGE, Inman E.   LL.D. PR CER, 1872
1913 PILLSBURY, Hon. A. E.   LL.D.  
1913 SILSBY, Edwin C.   LL.D.  
1913 SMITH, William L.   Doctor of Pharmacy  
1913 WRIGHT, Herbert H.   LL.D.  
1914 GRAHAM, Neil F.   LL.D.  
1914 HUDSON, Rev. Allen   D.DIV.  
1914 PRATT, D. Butler   D.DIV.  
1914 PURVIS, Dr. Charles B.   LL.D.  
1918 WARE, Rev. Edward T.   D.DIV.  
1920 BURLEIGH, Dr. Harry T.   D.MUS.  
1920 HOPE, John   LL.D.  
1920 LANEY, Lucy C.   M.A.  
1920 MOTON, Robert Russa   LL.D.  
1921 BENTLEY, Charles E.   D.SC.  
1921 FOCH, Marshall Ferdinand   D.SC.  
1922 LAMB, Daniel Smith   D.SC.  
1922 MEYER, Herman H. B.   D.DIV.  
1922 OXLEY, Edmund Harris   D.DIV. AS AB, 1906;
TH BD, 1908
1922 PINN, James Luther   D.DIV. TH CER, 1902
1922 PITZER, Dr. A. W.   D.DIV.  
1923 JOHNSON, James Weldon   D.L.  
1923 JOHNSON, Mordecai W.   D.DIV.  
1923 KING, James Upshur   D.DIV. TH CER, 1902
1923 MACKAY, Robert   D.DIV.  
1923 RUSSELL, Dr. Charles Edward   LL.D.  
1924 ALLEYNE, Bishop Cameron Chesterfield   D.DIV.  
1924 BOOTH, Justice Fenton Whitlock   LL.D.  
1924 CHARLTON, Melville   D.MUS.  
1924 DETT, R. Nathaniel   D.MUS.  
1924 HAYES, Roland   D.MUS.  
1924 POWELL, Adam Clayton   D.DIV.  
1924 TYLER, Dr. Edward Ernest   D.DIV. TH BD, 1908
1925 BALLOCH, Edward A.    D.SC. MED MD, 1960
1925 BRANCH, Mary Elizabeth   LL.D.  
1925 FRAZIER, Julia Caldwell   M.A. C CER, 1888
1925 HAWKINS, John R.   M.A. LW LLB, 1915
1925 JONES, Dr. Gilbert Haven   LL.D.  
1925 MERRITT, Emma G.   M.A.  
1925 SHEPPARD, Dr. James E.   D.L.  
1925 WILLIAMS, Daniel H.   D.SC.  
1926 ATKINS, Simon G.   LL.D.  
1926 BOYER, Charles Benjamin   M.A.  
1926 CALL, Arthur Deerin   LL.D.  
1926 CLARKE, Dr. Alfred Theophilus   D.DIV. TH DIP, 1895
1926 COLE, Dr. John Adams   LL.D.  
1926 DURKEE, James Stanley   LL.D.  
1926 HALL, George Cleveland   D.SC.  
1926 KINCKLE, Mrs. Alice W.   M.A. N CER, 1874
1926 VASSAR, Dr. George Cleveland Hall   D.SC.  
1927 PEELLE, Stanton Judkins   LL.D.  
1928 CARTER, Edward Randolph   D.DIV.  
1928 PALMER, Dr. William Robert Anderson   D.DIV. PR CER, 1882;
C AB, 1886;
C MA, 1889
1928 STOREY, Moorfield   LL.D.  
1928 YERGAN, Dr. Max   M.A.  
1930 CARTER, Edward Randolph   D.DIV.  
1930 DUBOIS, Dr. W. E. Burghardt   LL.D.  
1930 LANEY, Lucy C.   M.A.  
1930 LAWSON, Dr. Raymond Augustus   D.MUS.  
1930 MOTON, Robert Russa   LL.D.  
1931 HARRISON, Richard B.   M.A.  
1931 MALONE, Annie M. Turnbo   M.A.  
1931 ROSE, Dr. James Everett    D.DIV.

A CER, 1909;

AS BA, 1913

1931 WARD, Col. Joseph Henry   LL.D.  
1933 GARRISON, Dr. Oswald B.   LL.D.  
1933 VILLARD, Oswald Garrison   LL.D.  
1935 BRANCH, Mary Elizabeth   LL.D.  
1935 WARFIELD, Sr., Dr. William A.    LL.D. MED MD, 1894
1936 BOWLING, Dr. Richard H.   D.DIV.  
1936 MORRIS, Edward H.   LL.D.  
1936 NELSON, Dr. William Stuart   LL.D. LA BA, 1920
1937 BOAS, Franz   LL.D.  
1937 GANDY, Dr. John Manuel     LL.D.  
1937 JONES, Dr. David D.     LL.D. PR CER, 1905;
AS BA, 1909
1938 ANDERSON, Marian   D.MUS.  
1938 DILLARD, J. H.      
1938 HOLMES, Dr. Dwight O. W.   LL.D. LA BS, 1929;
MED MD, 1935
1938 LEE, J. R. E.   LL.D.  
1939 HALE, Dr. William J.    LL.D.  
1939 HENSON, Matthew A.   M.S.  
1939 WHITE, Walter C.    LL.D.  
1940 DAVIS, Dr. John W.   LL.D.  
1940 PAIGE, Judge Myles Anderson     LL.D. LA AB, 1921
1940 RANDOLPH, Asa Phillip   LL.D.  
1941 JOHNSON, Dr. Charles Spurgeon    D.H.L.*  
1941 SPINGARN, Dr. Arthur B.   LL.D.  
1941 STILL, William Grant   D.MUS.  
1942 BETHUNE, Dr. Mary McLeod    LL.D.  
1942 BUCK, Miss Pearl  (Trustee)   LL.D.  
1942 CARNEY, Miss Mabel   D.ED.  
1942 CHILDERS, Lulu Vere    D.MUS.  
1942 WILKINSON, Dr. Garnet Crummel   LL.D. LW LLB, 1909
1943 HUNGATE, Thad Lewis   LL.D.  
1943 WORK, Monroe N.   D.LITT.  
1944 BROWN, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins   D.ED.  
1945 CRAMTON, The Hon. Louis C.   LL.D.  
1945 MAYS, Dr. Benjamin E.   D.DIV.  
1945 MURRAY, The Hon. Philip    LL.D.  
1945 ROBESON, Paul   D.L.  
1946 ALEXANDER, Dr. Archie A.     Eng. D.  
1946 BROWNLEE, Dr. Fred Lesley   D.H.L.*  
1946 MANLEY, The Hon. Norman W.   LL.D.  
1947 BAILEY, Dr. Ulysses Grant   D.SC.  
1947 MEYERS, Mrs. Agnes E.   D.H.L.*  
1947 WOODSON, Dr. Carter Godwin    LL.D.  
1948 EMBREE, Dr. Edwin Rogers   LL.D.  
1948 RANDOLPH,  Esq. Oliver   LL.D. LW LLB, 1907
1948 TERRELL, Mrs. Mary Church    D.H.L.*  
1949 BUNCHE, Dr. Ralph J.   LL.D.  
1949 CHAPMAN, The Hon. Oscar L.   LL.D.  
1949 PANDIT, Mme. Vijaya Lakshmi   LL.D.  
1950 AZIKIWE, Nnamdi   LL.D.  
1950 HAYES, Roland   D.MUS.  
1950 SMITH, Lillian   D.H.L.* EDC AB, 1929;
GD MA, 1934
1951 BELLEGARDE, Dantes   LL.D.  
1951 JERNAGIN, William Henry    D.DIV.  
1951 JULIAN, Percy Lavon   D.SC.  
1952 WARING, J. Waites   LL.D.  
1952 WILLIAMS, Paul R.   D. Arch.  
1953 LOCKE, Alain     D.H.L.*  
1953 RADHAKRISHRAN, S.   LL.D.  
1953 RICKEY, Branch   LL.D.  
1954 AZIKIWE, Nnamdi   LL.D.  
1954 BORNN, Roy Williston   D.H.L.*  
1954 BOWLES, Chester   LL.D.  
1954 MARSHALL, Thurgood   LL.D. LW LLB, 1933
1954 SELASSIE, His Imperial Majesty Haile   LL.D.  
1954 TUBMAN, William V.S.   LL.D.  
1955 DAVIES, A. Powell     D.H.L.*  
1955 HASTIE, William Henry   LL.D. PR CER, 1892
1955 THURMAN, Howard   D.DIV.  
1956 BROKENBURR, Robert Lee   LL.D.  
1956 DUNCAN, Todd   D.MUS.  
1956 FINNEY, Edward Clinigan    LL.D.  
1956 NEHRU, Prime Minister Jawaharlal   LL.D.  
1957 KING, Jr., Martin Luther Commencement LL.D.  
1957 MALIN, Patrick Murphy   LL.D.  
1957 NKRUMAH, Prime Minister Kwame   LL.D.  
1957 ROBINSON, John (Jackie) Roosevelt   LL.D.  
1958 KINDELBERGER, James Howard   LL.D.  
1958 LAWLESS, Theodore Kenneth   D.SC.  
1958 LEHMAN, The Hon. Herbert H.   D.H.L.*  
1958 PATTERSON, Frederick Douglas   LL.D.  
1959 CADBURY, Henry Joel   D.H.L.*  
1959 HALL, Lloyd Augustus   D.SCl  
1959 MAYNOR, Dorothy   D.MUS.  
1959 MBOYA, Tom   LL.D.  
1960 DUMPSON, James Russell   D.H.L.*  
1960 MITCHELL, Howard   D.MUS.  
1960 SOMERVILLE, Wendell Clay   LL.D.  
1961 KLINEBERG, Otto   LL.D.  
1961 POINDEXTER, Hildrus Augustus   D.SC.  
1961 WEAVER, Robert Clifton   LL.D.  
1962 MYRDAL, Gunnar   LL.D.  
1962 PRICE, Leontyne   D.MUS.  
1962 ROOSEVELT, Eleanor   D.H.L.*  
1962 WEAVER, George L. P.   LL.D.  
1963 EDGERTON, Henry White   LL.D.  
1963 HUGHES, Langston   D.LITT.  
1963 NABRIT, Samuel Milton   D.SC.  
1964 JENKINS, Martin David   LL.D. LA BS, 1925
1964 ROWAN, Carl Thomas   LL.D.  
1964 WRIGHT, James Skelly   LL.D.  
1965 DAVIS, Michael Marks   LL.D.  
1965 GOMILLION, Charles Goode   LL.D.  
1965 JOHNSON, The Hon. Lyndon Baines   LL.D.  
1965 WILKINS, Roy E.   LL.D.  
1966 BORDERS, William Holmes   LL.D.  
1966 FOGARTY, John E.   LL.D.  
1966 HANNAH, John A.   LL.D.  
1966 MOTLEY, Constance Baker   LL.D.  
1967 BROOKE, The Honorable  Edward W.   LL.D. LA BS (Soc) 1941
1967 BROOKS, Annie Elizabeth   LL.D.  
1967 GOLDBERG, Arthur J.   D.H.L.*  
1967 HAMMERSTEIN, Franz Von   D.H.L.* BD, 1950
1967 HUMPHREY, Hubert H.   D.H.L.*  
1967 ROBINSON, James H.   D.H.L.*  
1967 SENGHOR, Leopold Sedar   D.H.L.*  

1968

2001

FRANKLIN, John Hope

Commencement

Charter Day Speaker

LL.D.

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1968 SHEARER, Hugh Lawson   LL.D.  
1968 WELCOME, Vera Freeman   LL.D.  
1969 KOONTZ, Elizabeth Duncan   D.E.  
1969 THOMAS, Julius Albert   D.H.L.* AS AB, 1918
1969 WALSH, William Bertalan   D.S.  
1970 FERGUSON, Lloyd N. Commencement D.SC.  
1970 GARRISON, Lloyd K. Commencement LL.D.  

1970 

1999

JACKSON, Rev. Jesse L.

Commencement Speaker

Opening Convocation Speaker

D.H.L.*

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1970 WESLEY, Charles H. Commencement D.LITT.  
1971 BOND, The Hon. Julian Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1971 BROWN, Sterling A. Commencement D.LITT.  
1971 ELLINGTON, Edward “Duke” Kennedy Commencement D.MUS.  
1972 EVANS, Melvin Herbert Commencement LL.D. LA BS, 1940;
MED MD, 1944
1972 HAMER, Fannie Lou Commencement D.H.L.*  
1972 JORDAN, Jr. Esq., Vernon E. Commencement Speaker LL.D. LW LLB, 1960
1972 LOGAN, Rayford Whittingham Commencement LL.D.  
1972 SCOTT, Sir Arleigh Winston Commencement LL.D. LA BA, 1921;
MED MD, 1925
1973 BROOKS, Gwendolyn Commencement D.LITT.  
1973 

2004
DAVIS, Ossie

Commencement Speaker

Charter Day Speaker

D.H.L.
Humanities

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1973 HALEY, Alex Commencement D.LITT.  
1973 LAFONTANT, Dr. Jewel Stradford Commencement D.H.L.*  
1973 PINDLING, Lynden Oscar   LL.D.  
1974 GRAHAM, Katherine Meyer Commencement D.H.L.*  
1974 JORDAN, The Hon. Barbara Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1974 KEITH, The Hon. Damon Jerome Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1949
1974 QUARLES, Dr. Benjamin Arthur Commencement D.H.L.*  
1974 WASHINGTON, The Hon. Walter Edward Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1948
1975 BURGER, The Hon. Warren E.   LL.D.  
1975 ELIAS, Taslim Olawale   LL.D.  
1975 FLACK, Roberta Commencement D.MUS. MU BME, 1958
1975 HEIGHT, Dorothy Irene Commencement D.H.L.*  

1975 

1992

HOOKS, The Hon. Benjamin Lawson

Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker

D.H.L.*

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1975 KOUNTZ, Dr. Samuel Lee Commencement D.SC.  
1975 LACHS, Manfred   LL.D.  
1975 RHYNE, Charles S.   LL.D.  
1975 THOMPSON, William Sylvester   LL.D. LA BS, 1934
1976 FLEMING, Dr. Louise Maxienne Dargans Commencement D.H.L.*  
1976 JACKSON, The Hon. Maynard H. Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1976 SMITH, The Rev. Kelly Miller Commencement D.DIV. RL BD, 1946
1976 SPAULDING, Dr. Asa T. Commencement LL.D.  
1976 TOLBERT, Jr., William Richard   LL.D.  
1976 WELLS, Dr. Herman B Commencement LL.D.  
1977 BERRY, Dr. Mary Frances Commencement LL.D. LA BA, 1961;
GS MA, 1962
1977 JONES, Reginald Harold Commencement D.H.L.*  
1977 McCREE, Jr., The Hon. Wade H. Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1977 NYERERE, Mwalimu Julius K.   D.H.L.*  
1977 WRIGHT, Dr. Stephen J. Commencement D.H.L.* GS MA, 1939
1977 YOUNG, Andrew Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LA BS, 1951
1977 YOUNG, Dr. M. Wharton Commencement D.H.L. LA BA, 1926;
MED MD, 1930
1977 ZAHEDI, His Excellency Ardeshir Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1978 CALIFANO, Jr., The Hon. Joseph A. Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1978 COLEMAN, Jr., Dr. William T. Commencement LL.D.  
1978 JONES, Dr. R. Frank Commencement D.SC.  
1978 MORRIS, Steveland (Stevie Wonder) Commencement D.H.L.*  
1978 NORTON, Dr. Eleanor Holmes Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1979 HAMPTON, Lionel L. Charter Day D.MUS.  
1979 HORNE, Lena Commencement D.H.L.*  
1979 KENNEDY, The Hon. Edward Moore Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1979 MARTIN, The Hon. Louis Emmanuel Commencement D.H.L.*  
1979 MITCHELL, Jr., Clarence Maurice Commencement LL.D.  
1979 POWELL, CLILAN B. Charter Day LL.D. posthumously MED MD, 1920
1979 PROCTOR, Samuel D. Charter Day D.H.L.*  
1979 TERRELL, Richard Lee Commencement LL.D.  
1980 COBB, Dr. William Montague Commencement D.H.L.* MED MD, 1929
1980 COLLINS, Marva N. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1980 FITZGERALD, Ella   D.MUS.  
1980 HATFIELD, The Hon. Mark Odom Commencement LL.D.  
1980 HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., The Hon. A. Leon Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1980 MACKEY, Howard Hamilton Commencement D.H.L.* BARCH, 1953
1981 BUSH, The Hon. George Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1981 NABRIT, Jr., James Madison Commencement LL.D.  
1981 OBASANJO, Olusegun   D.H.L.*  
1981 ROBINSON, III Spottswood William Commencement LL.D.  
1981 ROOKS, Charles Shelby Charter Day D.H.L.*  
1982 BLAKE, Eubie Commencement D.MUS.  
1982 BRADLEY, Edward Rudolph Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
1982 DEE, Ruby Charter Day D.H.L.*  
1982 LINDSAY, Inabel Burns Commencement D.H.L.* LA BA, 1920
1982 NORMAN, Jessye Commencement D.MUS. MUSB, 1967
1982 RICHARDSON, Elliot Lee   LL.D.  
1982 RICHARDSON, The Hon. Scovel   Commencement

LL.D. posthumously

LW LLB, 1937
1982 SULLIVAN, Leon Howard   D.H.L.*  
1982 VAUGHAN, Sarah Lois Commencement D.MUS.  
1983 BELLSON, Pearl Bailey Commencement D.MUS.  
1983 BENNETT, Jr., Lerone Charter Day Speaker D.H.L.*  
1983 CHISHOLM, Shirley St. Hill Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1983 EKLUND, Coy Glenwood Commencement LL.D.  
1983 FOSTER, Luther Hilton Commencement D.H.L.*  
1983 GREENE, William Henry Commencement D.H.L. *
Humanities
 
1983 VAN DER ZEE, James Commencement D.H.L.  
1984 DAVIS, Arthur Paul Commencement D.H.L.*  
1984 DUNHAM, Katherine Commencement D.H.L.*  
1984 HAWKINS, Walter Lincoln Commencement D.SC. GS MS, 1934
1984 LEONARD, Walter Jewell Charter Day LL.D. LW LLB, 1968;
LW LLD, 1983
1984 LEWIS, Sir (William) Arthur Commencement LL.D.  
1984 PINKETT, Flaxie Madison   L.H.D. LA BA, 1936
1984 ROBINSON, Max Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
1984 TUTU, Desmond M. D. Special Convocation D.H.L.*  
1984 WHITE, Robert Lee Commencement LL.D.  
1985 ANGELOU, Maya Commencement Speaker D.L.  
1985 BRADLEY, Thomas   LL.D.  
1985 HAYWARD, Jacquelyn (J. C.) Commencement D.H.L.*  
1985 JONES, Quincy Delight   D.MUS.  
1985 LAWRENCE, Jacob A. Commencement D.H.L.*  
1985 MEYER, Stanley Commencement LL.D.  
1985 PIERRE-LOUIS, Raoul   D.H.L.*  
1985 SNOWDEN, Jr., Frank M. Commencement D.H.L.*  
1985 STOKES, The Hon. Louis Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LA BS, 1932;
MED MD, 1936
1985 SYPHAX, Burke Commencement D.SC. LA BS, 1932;
MED MD, 1936
1985 TANDON, Sirjang Lal Commencement LL.D. ES BSME, 1962
1986 DAVIS, Jr., Sammy Commencement D.H.L.*  

1986

 

1997

GRAY, III, The Hon. William Herbert

Commencement Speaker

Charter Day Speaker

LL.D.

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1986 JOHNSON, John Harold Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1986 KOPPEL, Edward James “Ted” Commencement D.H.L.*  
1986 MITCHELL, Parren James Charter Day Speaker LL.D.  
1986 NATCHER, William Huston Commencement LL.D.  
1986 TATE, Merze Commencement D.H.L.*  
1986 TYSON, Cicely Commencement D.H.L.*  
1987 BROADY, Earl Clifford Commencement LL.D.  
1987 BUSH, Barbara Pierce Commencement D.H.L. Humanities  
1987 COSBY, Camille Hanks Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
1987 DORSEY, Thomas Andrew Commencement D.MUS.  
1987 FITZHUGH, Howard Naylor Commencement LL.D.  
1987 KAUNDA, Kenneth David   LL.D.  
1987 MADISON, Robert Prince Charter Day D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1987 PIERRE-NOEL, Lois Mailou Jones Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1987 SANFORD, Terry Commencement LL.D.  
1987 SCOTT, Dr. Roland Boyd Charter Day D.SC. LA BS, 1931;
MED MD, 1934
1987 TAYLOR, Gardner Calvin   D.H.L.*  
1987 WILDER, The Hon. Lawrence Douglas Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LW LLB, 1959
1988 BANNER, William Augustus Commencement D.H.L.  
1988 CONTE, Silvio Ottavio   LL.D.  
1988 FAUNTROY, Walter Edward Charter Day LL.D.  
1988 GREGORY, Richard Claxton (Dick) Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1988 KING, Sr., Dearine Edwin Commencement D.DIV. GS MA, 1940;
RD BD, 1942
1988 LINDSAY, Gilbert William Commencement LL.D.  
1988 MINNIS, Sr., Frederick Gillam Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1950
1988 MORGAN, Edward Paddock Commencement Speaker D.L.  
1988 RANGEL, Charles Bernard   LL.D.  
1989 COSBY, William Henry (Bill) Charter Day Speaker LL.D.  
1989 GRAVES, Earl Gilbert Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1989 NEUHARTH, Allen Harold Commencement D.H.L.*  
1989 PROCOPE, Ernesta Gertrude Commencement LL.D.  
1989 ROCKEFELLER, Mary Clark Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1989 WOODS, Geraldine Pittman Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
LA BS, 1942
1990 BLACKWELL, David Harold Commencement D.SC.  
1990 CLAY, William (Bill) Lacy Commencement LL.D.  
1990 EDLEMAN, Marian Wright Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1990 JACOB, John E. Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LA BA, 1957;
SW MSW, 1963
1990 TAYLOR, Ivan Earle Commencement D.L. LA BA, 1931;
GD MA, 1932
1991 BRYANT, Wayne Richard Commencement LL.D LA BA, 1969
1991 DEES, Jr., Morris Seligman Commencement LL.D.  
1991 DIXON, Sharon Pratt Commencement Speaker LL.D. LA BA, 1965
1991 HAWKINS, Augustus (Gus) Freeman Commencement LL.D.  
1991 SULLIVAN, Louis Wade Commencement LL.D.  
1991 WHARTON, JR., Clifton Reginald Charter Day Speaker LL.D.  
1991 YANCEY, Sr., Asa Greenwood Commencement D.SC.  
1992 CORNELY, Paul Bertau Commencement D.SC.  
1992 DINKINS, The Hon. David N. Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D. LA BS, 1950
1992 LEDERER, Eppie (Ann Landers) Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1992 MANLEY, Michael Norman Commencement LL.D.  
1992 TURNER, Carmen Elizabeth Commencement

D.H.L. posthumously

LA BA, 1968
1992 WOFFORD, The Hon. Harris Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LW LLB, 1954
1993 ALLEN, Debbie Commencement D.H.L.* BFA, 1972
1993 BROWN, The Hon. Ronald Harmon Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1993 COMER, James Pierpont Commencement D.SC. MED MD, 1960
1993 ESPY, The Hon. Mike Charter Day Speaker LL.D. LA BA, 1975
1993 LEWIS, Reginald F.  Commencement LL.D. posthumously  
1993 WATERS, The Hon. Maxine Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D.  
1994 ANNENBERG, The Hon. Walter H. Commencement D.H.L.*  
1994 CHEEK, Dr. James E. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1994 MANDELA, His Excellency Nelson Special Convocation D.H.L.  
1994 MOSLEY-BRAUN, The Hon. Carol Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D.  
1994 POWELL, Gen. Colin L. Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1994 WEST, Dr. Cornel Charter Day Speaker D.H.L.*  
1995 CARTER, The Hon. Robert L.  Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1940
1995 HUNTER-GAULT, Charlayne Commencement D.H.L.*  
1995 LADNER, Joyce Commencement D.H.L.*  

1995

2010

LEFFALL, Jr., Dr. LaSalle D.

Commencement

Charter Day Speaker

D.SC.

Special Citation of Achievement

MED MD, 1952
1995 MORRISON, Toni Charter Day Speaker D.H.L.* LA BA, 1953
1995 PARSONS, Esq., Richard D Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
1995 TURNER, R.E. "Ted" Commencement D.H.L.*  
1996 DAYS, The Hon. Drew S. Charter Day Speaker LL.D.  
1996 HIGHTOWER, Dennis F. Commencement Speaker D.H.L.* LA BS, 1962
1996 JONES, Esq., Elaine R. Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D  
1996 MORA, Elizabeth Catlett Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
LA BS, 1935
1996 SCHNEIDER, The Honorable Roy L. Commencement D.SC. LA BS, 1961;
MED MD, 1965
1996 SIMMONS, Dr. Ruth J.  Commencement D.H.L.*  
1996 SMITH, III, Esq., Wayman F. Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1965
1997 GARRETT, Jr., Rev. Thaddeus Commencement D.DIV.  
1997 HERMAN, The Hon. Alexis M. Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D.  
1997 KENNEY, Jr., Dr. John A. Commencement D.SC. MED MD, 1945
1997 MARK, Reuben Commencement D.H.L.*  
1997 MARSALIS, Wynton Commencement D.MUS.  
1997 RAND, Addison Barry Commencement D.H.L.*  
1997 SIMPSON, Carole Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
1998 

2008
CHENAULT, Kenneth I. Commencement 

Commencement Speaker
D.H.L. 

Special Citation of Achievement
 
1998 CLINTON, Hillary Diane Rodham Commencement Speaker LL.D.  

1998

2004

FUDGE, Ann M.

Commencement

Commencement Speaker

D.H.L.

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1998 GORDON, Dr. Edmund W. Commencement D.H.L.* LA BS, 1942;
RL BD, 1945
1998 HATCHETT, The Honorable Joseph W. Commencement LL.D. LW LLB, 1959

1998

2005

MFUME, The Honorable Kweisi

Charter Day Speaker

Commencement Speaker

LL.D.

Special Citation of Achievement

 
1998 PARKS, Gordon Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1998 SONN, The Honorable Franklin Abraham Opening Convocation Speaker D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1999 ANNAN, His Excellency Kofi Commencement Speaker D.H.L.  
1999 FARMER, Dr. James L. Commencement D.H.L.* RL BD, 1941
1999 JOHNSON, James A. Commencement D.H.L.*  
1999 JOYNER-KERSEE, Jacqueline Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
1999 SLATER, The Honorable Rodney E. Charter Day Speaker D.H.L. Humanities  
1999 TURE, Kwame (aka Stokeley Carmichael) Commencement

D.H.L.* posthumously

LA BS, 1964
2000 ABDULAZIZ, Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Commencement LL.D.  
2000 BALDWIN, James Commencement D.H.L.* posthumously  
2000 BASSETT-VANCE, Angela Commencement D.H.L.*  
2000 ELLISON, Lawrence Special Convocation D.H.L.*  
2000 EVERS-WILLIAMS, Myrlie Commencement D.H.L.*  
2000 KENNARD, William Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
2000 LLEWELLYN, J. Bruce Commencement D.H.L.*  
2000 MBEKI, His Excellency Thabo Mvuyelwa Special Convocation LL.D  
2000 McKENZIE, Bishop Vashti Murphy Opening Convocation Speaker D.DIV. MDIV, 1985
2001 BELAFONTE, Harry Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2001 DOVE, Rita Commencement D.L.  
2001 GUMBEL, Bryant Charles Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
2001 PORTER, The Honorable John Edward Commencement LL.D.  
2001 WEILL, Sanford I. Charter Day D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2002 BROWN, The Honorable Lee P. Commencement LL.D.  
2002 DEAN, Dr. Mark E. Commencement D.SC.  
2002 FRANKLIN, The Honorable Shirley Clarke Commencement
Speaker
LL.D. BA, 1968
2002 JAMISON, Judith A. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2002 LEWIS, The Honorable John Opening Convocation Speaker D.H.L.*  
2002 RAINES, Franklin D. Charter Day Speaker D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2002 WILLIAMS, Venus Ebony Starr Commencement Special Citation of Achievement  
2003 BURNS, Kenneth L. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2003 COCHRAN, Esq., Johnnie L. Commencement LL.D.  

2003

2006

CUMMINGS, The Honorable Elijah E.

Charter Day Speaker

Commencement Speaker

LL.D.

Special Citation of Achievement

BS, 1973
2003 DEVEAUX, Bishop William P. Commencement Speaker D.DIV. BA, 1962
2003 JONES, Robert W. Commencement D.H.L.*  
2003 NOVELLO, Dr. Antonia C. Commencement D.SC.  
2004 DUGAS, Esq. Julian R. Charter Day LL.D. LLB, 1949
2004 DUNCAN, The Honorable Charles Charter Day LL.D  
2004 FREEMAN, The Honorable Frankie Muse Charter Day LL.D. LLB, 1947
2004 FRIST, The Honorable William H. Commencement LL.D.  
2004 GREENBERG, Esq., Jack Charter Day LL.D.  
2004 HARVEY, Dr. William R. Commencement D.H.L.*  
2004 HILL, Sr., Esq. Oliver W. Charter Day LL.D. BA, 1931; LLB, 1933
2004 HOUSTON, Sr., Esq., Charles Hamilton Charter Day LL.D. posthumously  
2004 O’NEAL, E. Stanley Opening Convocation Speaker D.H.L.*  
2004 WILSON, August Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 

2005 

2010

FORD, Jr., The Honorable Harold E.

Opening Convocation Speaker

Commencement Speaker

LL.D. 

Special Citation of Achievement

 
2005 HUGHES, Ms. Catherine Liggins Commencement D.H.L.*  
2005 PAYTON, Dr. Benjamin F. Commencement D.H.L.*  

2005

 

2013

SAVAGE, Frank

Commencement

 

Charter Day Speaker

D.H.L.
Humanities

Special Citation of Achievement

LA BA, 1962
2006 DePASSE, Suzanne Charter Day Speaker D.H.L
Humanities
 
2006 JACKSON, The Honorable Shirley Ann Commencement D.SC.  
2006 LUCY, William “Bill” Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2006 McKENZIE, Dr. Floretta Dukes Commencement D.H.L.* MA 1957
2006 ROBINSON, William “Smokey” Commencement D.MUS.  
2007 EARLS, Dr. Julian M. Commencement D.SC.  
2007 GATES, Jr.  Dr. Henry Louis Commencement D.H.L.*  
2007 MASSEY, Dr. Walter E. Commencement D.SC.  
2007 OBAMA, The Honorable Barack Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D.  
2007 POLLIN, Irene Sue Commencement D.H.L. Humanities  
2007 WINFREY, Oprah Commencement Speaker D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2008 McDONALD, The Honorable Gabrielle Kirk Commencement LL.D.  
2008 OLIVER, David B. Oliver Opening Convocation Special Citation of Achievement  
2008 PATRICK, The Honorable Deval Charter Day Speaker LL.D.  
2008 STRINGER, C. Vivian Commencement D.H.L.*  
2008 SWYGERT, H. Patrick Commencement LL.D. BS, 1965; LW LLB, 1968
2008 TYSON, Dr. Neil deGrasse Commencement D.SC.  
2009 BROWN, The Honorable Dr. Ewart F. Opening Convocation LL.D. BS, 1968; MD, 1972
2009 COLE, Johnnetta Betsch Cole Commencement D.H.L.*  
2009 FISHBURNE, Laurence John III Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2009 IFILL, Gwen Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
2009 MOGAE, His Excellency Festus G. Commencement LL.D.  
2009 RASHAD, Phylicia Charter Day Speaker D.H.L
Humanities
BFA, 1970
2009 WILLIAMS, Ronald A. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2010 CARSON, Sr., M.D., Benjamin S. Opening Convocation Speaker D.SC  
2010 DRISKELL, Dr. David C. Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
BA, 1955
2010 HARPER, Hill Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2010 HOBSON, Mellody Commencement D.H.L.
Humanities
 
2010 ROBERTS, Robin Commencement D.H.L.*  
2010 SOTOMAYOR, The Honorable Sonia Commencement LL.D.

 

2011 FRIEDMAN, Thomas L. Commencement D.L.  
2011 HIGGINGOTHAM, Dr. Evelyn Brooks Commencement D.H.L.*

MA, 1974

2011

LOMAX, Dr. Michael L.

 

Opening Convocation

D.H.L.*

 

 
2011 MORIAL, Esq., Marc H. Commencement Speaker D.H.L.*  
2011 SLAUGHTER, Dr., John Brooks Commencement D.SC.  
2012

DUNCAN, The Honorable Arne

Commencement Speaker Special Citation of Achievement  
2012 REED, The Honorable M. Kasim Charter Day Speaker

L.L.D.

 
2012 LEGEND, John Commencement

D.H.L. Humanities

 
2012 MATTHEWS, Christopher Commencement

D.H.L.*

 
2012 RICHARDSON, Julieanna L. Commencement D.H.L.*  
2012 WILKERSON, Isabel Commencement D.L. BA, 1983
2012 RICE, The Honorable Susan E. Opening Convocation L.L.D.  
2013 BAKER, III, Hon. Rushern L. Opening Convocation Speaker LL.D.

BA, 1982;

LW JD, 1986

2013 CLINTON, Hon. William Jefferson Commencement Speaker LL.D.  
2013 JOHNS, Marie Collins Commencement D.H. L.*  
2013 JOHNSON, Sheila Crump Commencement D.H.L. Humanities  
2013 KEMP, Hon. Jack F. Commencement LL.D. posthumously  
2013 McGuire, Esq., Patricia A. Commencement D.H.L.  

* D.H.L. -- Doctor of Humane Letters unless otherwise specified as Humanities.