Honorary Degrees

Honorary degree recipients:

YearRecipientDegree
2015 Svetlana L. Alpers, Robert Axelrod, Wallace S. Broecker, Linda B. Buck, Renée Fleming, Patricia A. Graham, Denis Mukwege, Deval L. Patrick, Peter Salovey, Bryan Stevenson various
2014 Isabel Allende, Michael R. Bloomberg, President George H.W. Bush, Aretha Franklin, Patricia King, Peter H. Raven, Seymour Slive, Joseph E. Stiglitz various
2013 José Antonio Abreu, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Donald R. Hopkins, Lord May of Oxford, Thomas M. Menino, Elaine Pagels, C. Dixon Spangler Jr., JoAnne Stubbe, Oprah Winfrey various
2012 John Adams, K. Anthony Appiah, Dame Gillian Beer, Walter Kohn, Wendy Kopp, Hon. John Lewis, Mario Molina, Fareed Zakaria various
2011 Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Plácido Domingo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dudley Herschbach, James R. Houghton, Rosalind Krauss, J.G.A. Pocock, David Satcher, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf various
2010 Thomas R. Cech, Renée C. Fox, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Susan Lindquist, Thomas Nagel, David G. Nathan, The Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve, Richard Serra, David H. Souter, Meryl Streep various
2009 Steven Chu, Pedro Almodóvar, Joan Didion, Wendy Doniger, Ronald Dworkin, Anthony S. Fauci, Sarah Hrdy, Robert Langer, Wynton Marsalis, Sidney Verba various
2008 His Highness the Aga Khan, James P. Comer, Wen C. Fong, Eric R. Kandel, The Hon. Damon J. Keith, Gerda Lerner, John McCarthy, Janet Rowley, J.K. Rowling, Daniel C. Tosteson, Sen. Edward Kennedy various
2007 Daniel Aaron, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, William H. Gates III, Conrad K. Harper, William Felton ‘Bill’ Russell, Joan Wallach Scott, Robert Silvers, Lawrence H. Summers, Karen K. Uhlenbeck various
2006 Sir Michael Atiyah, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Philip E. Converse, Philippe de Montebello, Shirley Ann Jackson, Jim Lehrer, Robert P. Moses, Norman F. Ramsey, Leo Steinberg various
2005 D. Ronald Daniel, John Lithgow, Charles M. Vest various
2004 Kofi Annan, Margaret Atwood, Shirley M. Tilghman, Edward O. Wilson various
2003 Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, Philip Roth various
2002 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Neil L. Rudenstine, Ruth J. Simmons LL.D.
2001 John Ashbery, Jürgen Habermas, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. various
2000 Nicolaas Bloembergen, Seiji Ozawa various
1999 Herbert Block, Julia Kristeva various
1998 Gertrude B. Elion, Nelson Mandela various
1997 Quincy Jones, John Rawls various
1995 Vaclav Havel LL.D.
1994 Albert Gore Jr. LL.D.
1993 Colin Powell, Ravi Shankar various
1992 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Isaac Stern various
1991 Yo-Yo Ma, Eduard Shevardnadze various
1990 Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen W. Hawking, Helmut Kohl various
1989 Benazir Bhutto, Toni Morrison LL.D.
1988 Jessye Norman, Oscar Arias Sánchez various
1987 Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. LL.D.
1986 Lord Carrington LL.D.
1985 Louise Nevelson Art.D.
1984 Juan Carlos I, Benny Goodman various
1983 Carlos Fuentes LL.D.
1982 Mother Teresa, Tennessee Williams various
1981 Ansel Adams, Leontyne Price Art.D.
1980 Octavio Paz Litt.D.
1979 Desmond Tutu LL.D.
1978 John Cheever, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Litt.D.
1977 Barbara Jordan, Eudora Welty various
1976 Arthur Fiedler Art.D.
1974 Mstislav L. Rostropovich, Beverly Sills Mus.D.
1973 Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Penn Warren various
1972 Saul Bellow Litt.D.
1968 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi LL.D.
1967 Leonard Bernstein Mus.D.
1966 Martha Graham Art.D.
1961 Aaron Copland Mus.D.
1956 John F. Kennedy LL.D.
1951 Thornton Wilder Litt.D.
1947 George Marshall LL.D.
1946 Dwight Eisenhower LL.D.
1943 Winston Churchill LL.D.
1940 Carl Sandburg Litt.D.
1938 Walt Disney A.M.
1937 Robert Frost Litt.D.
1935 Albert Einstein S.D.
1929 Franklin Delano Roosevelt LL.D.
1919 Theodore Roosevelt A.M.
1917 Herbert Hoover LL.D.
1916 John Singer Sargent Art.D.
1907 Woodrow Wilson LL.D.
1905 William Howard Taft LL.D.
1896 Booker T. Washington A.M.
1872 Ulysses S. Grant LL.D.
1866 Ralph Waldo Emerson LL.D.
1859 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow LL.D.
1852 Alexis Charles Henri de Tocqueville LL.D.
1833 Andrew Jackson LL.D.
1832 Washington Irving LL.D.
1822 John Quincy Adams LL.D.
1792 Samuel Adams LL.D.
1787 Thomas Jefferson LL.D.
1781 John Adams LL.D.
1776 George Washington LL.D.
1753 Benjamin Franklin A.M.