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Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degree recipients approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to be recognized at a future Commencement ceremony include:

  • Lonnie Bunch, III, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • James Delany, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Jill Ellis, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • John Lewis, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Rahul Pandharipande, Doctor of Science

Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2019

  • Michael T. Aiken, Doctor of Science and Letters
  • Carla Diane Hayden, Doctor of Humane Letters

2018

  • Sheila C. Johnson, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Robert S. Langer, Doctor of Engineering

2017

  • Ronald Adrian, Doctor of Engineering

2016

  • Narayana Murthy, Doctor of Science
  • Jagdish Sheth, Doctor of Science
  • Edward Taylor, Doctor of Science

2015

  • Ralph J. Cicerone, Doctor of Science
  • Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, Doctor of Science
  • Timothy J. Nugent, Doctor of Humane Letters

2014

  • George E. Andrews, Doctor of Science
  • Phillip A. Sharp, Doctor of Science

2013

  • James Thomson, Doctor of Science
  • Fred Volkmar, Doctor of Science

2012

  • Raymond Ozzie, Doctor of Engineering

2011

  • Gary R. List, Doctor of Science

2010

  • Erich Bloch, Doctor of Engineering
  • Richard Felder, Doctor of Engineering
  • Arnold L. Mitchem, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Betty Chan Po-king, Doctor of Humane Letters

2009

  • Suze Orman, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Carl Jude Schramm, Doctor of Business
  • Arnold L. Mitchem, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Betty Chan Po-king, Doctor of Humane Letters

2008

  • Jay Gates, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Mannie L. Jackson, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • James McPherson, Doctor of Letters
  • Andrew A. Sorensen, Doctor of University Admin.
  • Peter Walker, Doctor of Fine Arts

2007

  • William D. Nix, Doctor of Engineering
  • Genshitsu Sen, Doctor of Fine Arts

2006

  • Julian Bond, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Elaine Fuchs, Doctor of Science
  • Burt Rutan, Doctor of Engineering
  • Thomas M. Siebel, Doctor of Engineering

2005

  • Archie R. Clemins, Doctor of Engineering
  • Bill Geist, Doctor of Letters
  • Hanke Burghard Gratteau, Doctor of Letters
  • John Cornelius Houbolt, Doctor of Engineering
  • John W. Hutchinson, Doctor of Engineering

2004

  • Frances E. Allen, Doctor of Science
  • John Hope Franklin, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Temple Grandin, Doctor of Science
  • Lani Guinier, Doctor of Laws
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski, Doctor of Education
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, Doctor of University Administration
  • Christine Marion Korsgaard, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert P. Moses, Doctor of Science and Letters

2003

  • Irving Lee Azoff, Doctor of Music
  • Barry Bearak, Doctor of Literature
  • Louise Bourgeois, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Rita Rossi Colwell, Doctor of Science
  • Peter Gay, Doctor of Letters
  • Hermann Zapf, Doctor of Fine Arts

2002

  • Maya Angelou, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Peter C. Doherty, Doctor of Science
  • Agnes Gunde, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Sheldon Hackney, Doctor of Letters
  • Stanley O. Ikenberry, Doctor of University Administration

2001

  • Robben Fleming, Doctor of University Administration
  • Lukas Foss, Doctor of Music
  • Ekaterina Genieva, Doctor of Letters
  • Vartan Gregorian, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Judith Heumann, Doctor of Public Administration
  • Orion Samuelson, Doctor of Letters

2000

  • James Carey, Doctor of Letters
  • Susan Daniels, Doctor of Public Administration
  • Luis Leal, Doctor of Literature
  • Gordon Moore, Doctor of Science
  • Paul Simon, Doctor of Public Administration
  • Karen Uhlenbeck, Doctor of Science

1999

  • Alfred Y. Cho, Doctor of Engineering
  • Marianne Grunberg-Manago, Doctor of Science
  • Richard Kaplan, Doctor of Letters
  • Leo Melamed, Doctor of Letters
  • Shozo Sato, Doctor of Fine Arts

1998

  • Myron Essex, Doctor of Science
  • Donald Kuspit, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert D. Novak, Doctor of Letters
  • Clyde W. Summers, Doctor of Laws

1997

  • William G. Karnes, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Rudolph Arthur Marcus, Doctor of Science
  • Robert Lee Metcalf, Doctor of Science
  • Diane Sawyer, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Arnold R. Weber, Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

  • George Myles Cordell Fisher, Doctor of Science
  • Sybil Collins Mobley, Doctor of Science
  • Bruno Nettl, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Jeanne Hurley Simon, Doctor of Humane Letters

1995

  • John Chancellor, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Hachiro “Buddy” Koyama*, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Edwin G. Krebs, Doctor of Science
  • William J. Rutter, Doctor of Science

    * Posthumous

1994

  • Barbara Everitt Bryant, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Katherine Dunham, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Miroslav Marchovic, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Billy Taylor, Doctor of Musical Arts

1993

  • Henriette D. Avram, Doctor of Science
  • Justin Dart, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Marian Wright Edelman, Doctor of Social Service
  • Paul Erdös, Doctor of Social Science
  • Akio Morita, Doctor of Engineering
  • Allen Stuart Weller, Doctor of Humane Letters

1992

  • David Herbert Donald, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Daniel Charles Drucker, Doctor of Science
  • Lev P. Gor’kov, Doctor of Science
  • Isaac Stern, Doctor of Music

1991

  • Paul A. Beck, Doctor of Science
  • Gene H. Golub, Doctor of Science
  • Mostafa Khalil, Doctor of Laws
  • Oscar Arias Sanchez, Doctor of Laws

1990

  • Andrew Barr, Doctor of Laws
  • Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr., Doctor of Music
  • Franco Modigliani, Doctor of Science
  • Ernest John Christopher Polge, Doctor of Science
  • Carl Sagan, Doctor of Science

1989

  • Norman Dion Levine, Doctor of Science
  • Katherine Tuach Kendall, Doctor of Social Service
  • Salvador E. Luria, Doctor of Science
  • Jack Walter Peltason, Doctor of University Admin.
  • Lewis Thomas, Doctor of Science

1988

  • Nakamura Kanzaburo XVII*, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Jack St. Clair Kilby, Doctor of Science
  • Nelson J. Leonard, Doctor of Science
  • George F. Will, Doctor of Letters
  • Ruth Maslow Lewis, Doctor of Humane Letters

    * Posthumous

1987

  • Charles Merieux, Doctor of Science
  • Chester G. Starr, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Donald William Kerst, Doctor of Science

1986

  • Richard C. Atkinson, Doctor of Science
  • Stanley L. Elkin, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Frank H. T. Rhodes, Doctor of Science
  • Dongsheng Yan, Doctor of Science

1985

  • E. J. Corey, Doctor of Science
  • Norman J. Latker, Doctor of Laws
  • Alwin Nikolais, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Manfred Mayrhofer, Doctor of Letters

1984

  • Ralph Early Grim, Doctor of Science
  • Loo-Keng Hua, Doctor of Science

1983

  • Shih-Liang Chien, Doctor of Science
  • Einar Haugen, Doctor of Letters
  • Samuel A. Kirk, Doctor of Letters

1982

  • Arnold O. Beckman, Doctor of Science
  • Lee J. Cronbach, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Walter Isard, Doctor of Science
  • Hideo Sasaki, Doctor of Fine Arts

1981

  • Joseph L. Doob, Doctor of Science
  • Albert E. Jenner, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • John Henry Sinfelt, Doctor of Science

1980

  • Willibald K. Jentschke, Doctor of Science
  • Rene Koenig, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Folke Skoog, Doctor of Science

1979

  • Philip Handler, Doctor of Science
  • Hamilton Othanel Smith, Doctor of Science
  • Eudora Welty, Doctor of Letters

1978

  • Philip W. Anderson, Doctor of Science
  • Hans J. Morgenthau, Doctor of Laws
  • Nathan M. Newmark, Doctor of Science

1977

  • Hendrik W. Bode, Doctor of Science
  • Reneé T. Kahane, Doctor of Letters
  • Lyle H. Lanier, Doctor of Letters
  • Deane Montgomery, Doctor of Science

1976

  • Karl W. Deutsch, Doctor of Laws
  • David Dodds Henry, Doctor of Laws
  • Yakov Malkiel, Doctor of Letters
  • Dragan Plamenac, Doctor of Music

1975

  • Howard R. Bowen, Doctor of Letters
  • Sol Spiegelman, Doctor of Science

1974

  • John Bardeen, Doctor of Science
  • Herbert E. Carter, Doctor of Science
  • Leon Cooper, Doctor of Science
  • Robert B. Downs, Doctor of Letters
  • J. Robert Schrieffer, Doctor of Science

1973

  • Karl A. Folkers, Doctor of Science
  • William Maxwell, Doctor of Science
  • Thomas Park, Doctor of Science

1972

  • Merce Cunningham, Doctor of Letters
  • Mina S. Rees, Doctor of Science
  • Frederick Seitz, Doctor of Science

1971

  • Don Cameron Allen, Doctor of Letters
  • Paul J. Cohen, Doctor of Science
  • Kinglsey C. Dunham, Doctor of Science
  • D. P. Singh, Doctor of Laws
  • Derek Curtis Bok, Doctor of Laws

1970

  • Max Abramovitz, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Robert W. Holley, Doctor of Science
  • S. McNeil Lowry, Doctor of Letters
  • Roger L. Stevens, Doctor of Letters

1969

  • William Littell Everitt, Doctor of Science
  • Francis Wheeler Loomis, Doctor of Science
  • Jay Laurence Lush, Doctor of Science
  • James Tobin, Doctor of Laws
  • Josef Albers, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Eugene Ormandy, Doctor of Musical Arts

1968

  • Murray Gell-Man, Doctor of Science
  • Gunther Schuller, Doctor of Music
  • John G. Thompson, Doctor of Science
  • Karl M. Dallenbach, Doctor of Science
  • J. George Harrar, Doctor of Science
  • Eugene Paul Wigner, Doctor of Science
  • Gordon N. Ray, Doctor of Letters
  • Theodore William Schultz, Doctor of Laws
  • George Dinsmore Stoddard, Doctor of Laws
  • Walter A. Gropius, Doctor of Fine Arts

1967

  • David E. Lilienthal Doctor of Public Administration
  • Allan Sandage, Doctor of Science
  • Emmanuel C. Amoroso, Doctor of Science
  • Quincy Wright, Doctor of Laws
  • Ananias Charles Littleton, Doctor of Laws
  • James A. Perkins, Doctor of Laws

1966

  • David Harold Blackwell, Doctor of Science
  • Kenneth John Conant, Doctor of Literature
  • Raynold Clayton Fuson, Doctor of Science
  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Doctor of Laws

1965

  • Leland John Haworth, Doctor of Science
  • Herman Charles Krannert, Doctor of Laws
  • Harold Dwight Lasswell, Doctor of Laws
  • Joseph Tykocinski Tykociner, Doctor of Engineering

1964

  • Abram Leon Sachar, Doctor of Literature
  • Marian Anderson, Doctor of Music
  • W. Albert Noyes, Jr., Doctor of Science
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Doctor of Humane Letters

1963

  • George Wells Beadle, Doctor of Science
  • Henry Townley Heald, Doctor of Laws
  • Carl Snipp Marvel, Doctor of Science
  • Clarence Samuel Ross, Doctor of Science

1962

  • Albert James Marno, Doctor of Laws
  • James Barrett Reton, Doctor of Laws
  • William Cumming Rose, Doctor of Science

1961

  • Martin Paul Catherwood, Doctor of Laws
  • Harris Francis Flethcer, Doctor of Letters
  • Lawrence A. Kimpton, Doctor of Laws
  • Polykarp Kusch, M.S., Ph.D., Doctor of Science
  • Sewall Wright, M.S. Ph.D.

1960

  • Edward Adelbert Doisy, Ph.D. Doctor of Science, Docteur Honoris Causa, Doctor of Laws
  • Vincent Du Vigneaud, Ph.D. Doctor of Science
  • James Rayne Killian, Jr., B.S. Doctor of Science, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Applied Science, Doctor of Engineering

1959

  • Thomas Whitfield Baldwin, Doctor of Letters
  • Arthur Sherwood Flemming, Doctor of Laws
  • John Ira Parcel, Doctor of Engineering.
  • Wendell Meredith Stanley, Doctor of Science

1958

  • Agnes Onase, Doctor of Science
  • Mark Van Doren, Doctor of Letters

1957

  • Roger Adams, Doctor of Science

1956

  • Walter Charles Lindley, Doctor of Laws
  • Earl Warren, Doctor of Laws

1953

  • Allan Nevins, Doctor of Laws
  • Carl Sandburg, Doctor of Letters

1947

  • Omar N. Bradley, Doctor of Laws
  • Anton J. Carlson, Doctor of Science
  • James B. Conant, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert M. Hutchins, Doctor of Letters
  • Archibald MacLeish, Doctor of Letters

1946

  • Raymond Bernard Allen, Doctor of Laws
  • Arthur Cutts Willard, Doctor of Laws

1931

  • Eugene Davenport, Doctor of Laws
  • Evarts Boutell Greene, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Henry Rammelkamp, Doctor of Laws
  • Arthur Howell Talbot, Doctor of Laws

1929

  • William Lamont Abbott, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Franklin Carr, Doctor of Laws
  • Lorado Taft, Doctor of Laws

1912

  • Thomas Jonathan Burrill, Doctor of Laws
  • Samuel Walker Sahttuck, Doctor of Laws

1911

  • William Eleroy Curtis, Doctor of Laws
  • Ralph Modjeski, Doctor of Engineering

1910

  • Lester Paige Breckenridge, Doctor of Engineering
  • Ella Flagg-Younf, Doctor of Laws
  • Isham Randolph, Doctor of Engineering

1908

  • Henry Churchill King, Doctor of Laws
  • Wu Ting-Fang, Doctor of Laws
  • Frederick Jackson Turner, Doctor of Laws

1907

  • Rt. Hon. Viscount James Bryce, Doctor of Laws
  • George Cary Comstock, Doctor of Laws
  • Katherine Lucinda Sharp, Master of Arts

1906

  • Baron Herman von Specksternburg, Doctor of Laws
  • Daniel Atkinson King Steele, Doctor of Laws

1905

  • James Elder Armstrong, Master of Arts
  • Henry Mahan Beardsley, Master of Arts
  • Daniel Hudson Burnham, Doctor of Laws
  • McKendree Hypes Chamberlin, Doctor of Laws
  • Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Doctor of Science
  • Octave Chanute, Doctor of Engineering
  • Norman Jay Colman, Doctor of Agriculture
  • Edwin Gilbert Cooley, Doctor of Laws
  • George Bruce Cortelyou, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Henry Dennis, Master of Arts
  • Jacob McGavock Dickinson, Doctor of Laws
  • Andrew Sloan Draper, Doctor of Laws
  • David Felmley, Doctor of Laws
  • Stephen Alfred Forbes, Doctor of Laws
  • Alfred T. Gregory, Master of Arts
  • Thomas Franklin Holgate, Doctor of Laws
  • Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Doctor of Laws
  • Thomas McClelland, Doctor of Laws
  • John Benjamin Murphy, Doctor of Laws
  • Simon Nelson Patten, Doctor of Laws
  • Alvin Howard Sanders, Doctor of Agriculture
  • John Victor Emanuel Schaefer M.E.
  • Avis Alyda Smith, Master of Arts
  • Frederick Eugene Turneaure, Doctor of Engineering
  • Frank Arthur Vanderlip, Master of Arts
  • Henry Clay White, Doctor of Laws
  • August Ziesing C.E.

1904

  • Willis J. Bailey, Doctor of Laws
  • Lincoln Bush, Doctor of Engineering
  • John Williston Cook, Doctor of Laws
  • William Freeman Myrick Goss, Doctor of Engineering
  • William Arnon Henry, Doctor of Agriculture
  • Livingston Chester Lord, Doctor of Laws
  • Simon Newton Dexter North, Doctor of Laws
  • William E. Quine, Doctor of Laws
  • Frank White, Doctor of Laws

1903

  • Ira Osborn Baker, Doctor of Engineering
  • Joseph Gurney Cannon, Doctor of Laws
  • Shelby Moore Cullom, Doctor of Laws
  • Mary Tracy Earne (Horne), Master of Arts
  • Thomas Forsythe Hunt, Doctor of Agriculture
  • James Robert Mann, Doctor of Laws
  • Richard Price Morgan, Doctor of Engineering
  • John Augustus Ockerson, Doctor of Engineering
  • Herbert Putnam, Doctor of Laws
  • Samuel Wesley Stratton, Doctor of Engineering
  • John Edwards Wright, Master of Arts

1900

  • Nathan Clifford Ricker, Doctor of Architecture

1895

  • Isaac Stuart Raymond M.L.

1894

  • Ralph Allen M.S.
  • Ebenezer Lewis Drury M.L.
  • Charles Perry Jeffers M.S.
  • Parley Agrippa Phillips M.L.
  • Elijah Newton Porterfield C.E.
  • Willis Albert Reiss M.S.
  • Howard Silver M.L.
  • George Story C.E.
  • Alonzo Lyons Whitcomb M.L.

1893

  • John P. Campbell M.L.
  • Harvey C. Estep C.E.
  • Charles Peyton Graham M.L.
  • Louise Catherine Allen Gregory M.S.
  • Miles Fayette Hatch M.S.
  • Walter Elliott Kniblee M.L.
  • Henry Weston Mahan M.L.
  • Amanda Campbell (Moore) M.L.
  • Franklin Carpenter Platt M.L.
  • Thomas Edwin Rickard M.S.
  • Elna Alphonso Robinson M.E.

1892

  • Dillon Sidney Brown M.S.
  • Alice Cheever (Bryan) M.L.
  • James Edward Bumstead M.S.
  • Charles Wright Clark C.E.
  • William C. Ells C.E.
  • Henry Mackay M.L.
  • Andrew T. Morrow C.E.
  • Watson Pickrell M.S.

1891

  • Roland Ray Conklin M.L.
  • Henry M. Dunlap M.L.
  • Charles Gleason Elliott C.E.
  • Winfield Scott Everhart M.L.
  • Frederic Lewis Hatch M.S.
  • James Newton Matthews M.L.
  • Henry Edwin Robbins M.S.
  • Clarence Orlando Scudder M.L.
  • Frank August Ellis Starr M.L.