Honorary Degrees

Honorary degree recipients:

YearRecipientDegree
2016 El Anatsui, Mary L. Bonauto, His Excellency Fernando Henrique Cardoso, David B. Davis, Elaine Fuchs, Arnold Rampersad, The Right Honourable Lord Martin Rees, Steven Spielberg, Judith Jarvis Thomson various
2015 Svetlana Leontief Alpers, Robert M. Axelrod, Wallace S. Broecker, Linda B. Buck, Renée Fleming, Patricia Albjerg Graham, Denis Mukwege, Deval L. Patrick, Peter Salovey, Bryan Stevenson various
2014 Isabel Allende, Michael Bloomberg, President George H.W. Bush, Aretha Franklin, Patricia King, Peter H. Raven, Seymour Slive, Joseph E. Stiglitz various
2013 José Abreu, Partha Dasgupta, Donald R. Hopkins, Robert M. May, Thomas M. Menino, Elaine Pagels, C. Dixon Spangler, Jr., JoAnne Stubbe, Oprah Winfrey various
2012 John Adams, K. Anthony Appiah, Gillian Beer, Walter Kohn, Wendy Kopp, John Lewis, Mario Molina, Fareed Zakaria various
2011 Tim Berners-Lee, Plácido Domingo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dudley Herschbach, James R. Houghton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Rosalind Krauss, John G.A. Pocock, David Satcher various
2010 Thomas R. Cech, Renée Fox, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Susan Lindquist, Thomas Nagel, David G. Nathan, Onora O’Neill, Richard Serra, David H. Souter, Meryl Streep various
2009 Pedro Almodóvar, Steven Chu, Joan Didion, Wendy Doniger, Ronald M. Dworkin, Anthony S. Fauci, Sarah Hrdy, Robert S. Langer, Wynton Marsalis, Sidney Verba various
2008 Karim Aga Khan, James P. Comer, Wen C. Fong, Eric R. Kandel, Damon J. Keith, Edward M. Kennedy, Gerda Lerner, John McCarthy, Janet Rowley, J.K. Rowling, Daniel Tosteson various
2007 Daniel Aaron, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, William H. Gates, Conrad Harper, William F. Russell, Joan Wallach Scott, Robert Silvers, Lawrence H. Summers, Karen K. Uhlenbeck various
2006 Francis Atiyah, Elizabeth Blackburn, Philip E. Converse, Philippe de Montebello, Shirley Ann Jackson, Jim Lehrer, Robert Parris Moses, Norman Ramsey, Leo Steinberg various
2005 Mary Ellen Avery, David Baltimore, Caroline Walker Bynum, D. Ronald Daniel, John Lithgow, Quentin Skinner, Charles Marstiller Vest, Edward Witten various
2004 Kofi Atta Annan, Margaret Atwood, John Michael Bishop, Robert Lee Carter, Suzanne Farrell, Daniel Kahneman, Frank Kermode, Shirley M. Tilghman, E.O. Wilson various
2003 Gary S. Becker, Elliot Forbes, Norman C. Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary-Claire King, Donald Knuth, Linda Nochlin, Philip Roth, Robert G. Stone, P. Roy Vagelos, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon various
2002 Sydney Brenner, Peter Brown, Katherine Dunham, Albert Hirschman, Yuan T. Lee, Daniel P. Moynihan, Howard Raiffa, Mamphela Ramphele, Julius B. Richmond, Neil L. Rudenstine, Ruth J. Simmons, Bernard Williams various
2001 John Ashbery, Ela Bhatt, Geoffrey Canada, Jürgen Habermas, Isabella Karle, Leon Kirchner, Alice Rivlin, Robert E. Rubin, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Richard A. Smith, Charles H. Townes various
2000 Nicolaas Bloembergen, Noam Chomsky, Frank O. Gehry, Andrew S. Grove, Judith R. Hope, Katherine B. Loker, Maclyn McCarthy, Constance Baker Motley, Kenzaburo Oe, Seiji Ozawa, Amartya Sen various
1999 Kenneth Arrow, Bernard Bailyn, Herbert Block (Herblock), Julia Kristeva, Mario Vargas Llosa various
1998 Samuel H. Beer, Robert A. Dahl, Gertrude B. Elion, Seamus Heaney, John H. Johnson, Nelson Mandela, Jaroslav Pelikan, Mary Robinson, Henry Rosovsky, Jean-Pierre Serre various
1997 Edward Abraham, Madeleine Albright, Jerome Bruner, Henry Chadwick, William Forge, Quincy D. Jones, Jr., Arthur Miller, W. Jason Morgan, Janet L. Norwood, John Rawls, Emily Vermeule various
1996 Chinua Achebe, Harold Amos, Walter H. Annenberg, William T. Coleman, Jr., Natalie Davis, Francois Furet, Judith Jamison, Maya Lin, Oseola McCarty, Charles P. Slichter various
1995 Helene Ahrweiler, Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., Mildred Dresselhaus, Hanna H. Gray, Vaclav Havel, Jacob Lawrence, Doris Lessing, I. M. Pei, James Tobin, John C. Whitehead various
1994 Harry A. Blackmun, Bennett Carter, Albert Gore, Jr., William H. Gray III, Mason Hammond, Richard C. Levin, Sadako Ogata, Maxine F. Singer, James Q. Wilson various
1993 Daniel Boorstin, James E. Burke, Julia Child, W. Edwards Deming, Shmuel Eisenstadt, Albert Eschenmoser, Oscar Handlin, Nannerl Keohane, Deborah Meier, Christine Nusslein-Volhard, Colin L. Powell,  Ravi Shankar, Susan Sontag, Wole Soyinka various
1992 Robert Adams, Jr., Daniel Bell, Baruj Benacerraf, Derek Bok, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dominique de Menil, Robert Solow, Joan Steitz, Isaac Stern, Edward Stone, John Updike, Clifton Wharton, Jr., Torsten Wiesel various
1991 Georges Duby, Marian Wright Edelman, Ada Louise Huxtable, Francois Jacob, Gustav Leonhardt, Yo-Yo Ma, Frederick Mosteller, Eduard Shevardnadze, Andrei Sinyavsky various
1990 Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen W. Hawking, Helmut Kohl, Michael Kimbrough Marshall, Adrienne Rich, David Riesman, Herbert A. Simon 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.