122nd Commencement – Class of 2018

 

Honorary Degrees

Listed here are notable figures granted honorary degrees throughout Adelphi’s long history.

Date Recipient Degree
May 21, 2017 Alan C. Trautwig D.H.L.
May 22, 2016 Jacqueline Woodson Litt.D.
May 22, 2016 Marian Wright Edelman LL.D.
May 21, 2015 Cora Weiss LL.D.
May 21, 2015 Mark Harris D.H.L.
May 21, 2015 Vartan Gregorian D.H.L.
May 19, 2014 Edward Villella D.A.
May 19, 2014 Fabiola Milord D.H.L. 
May 19, 2014 Jeh Charles Johnson LL.D.
May 19, 2013 Burt Young D.F.A.
May 19, 2013 Bert Mitchell LL.D.
May 19, 2013 Doreen Miller D.H.L.
May 19, 2013 Carlton D. (‘Chuck D’) Ridenhour D.A.
May 19, 2012 Leonard Riggio LL.D.
May 19, 2012 Carmen Ortiz LL.D.
May 19, 2012 Jamaica Kincaid D.H.L.
May 20, 2011 Edwidge Danticat D.H.L.
May 20, 2011 Suzanne Farrell D.F.A.
May 20, 2011 The Honorable Ruth C. Balkin LL.D.
May 18, 2010 Betty L. Forest D.H.L.
May 18, 2010 Lynn Nottage D.H.L.
May 18, 2010 Carol A. Ammon LL.D.
May 21, 2009 Seymour Topping D.H.L.
May 21, 2009 Suzy Dalton Sonenberg D.H.L.
May 21, 2009 Audrey Ronning Topping D.A.
November 19, 2008 Nicholas Cummings Sc.D.
September 24, 2008 Paul Ekman Sc.D.
May 19, 2008 Lon Gorman LL.D.
May 19, 2008 Paul Taylor D.A.
May 19, 2008 Adele C. Smithers D.H.L.
May 21, 2007 Judith Sue Borten D.H.L.
May 21, 2007 William H. Borten D.H.L.
May 21, 2007 The Honorable John Lewis LL.D.
May 21, 2007 Cecil K. Watkins LL.D.
May 21, 2007 Donna Orender LL.D.
May 22, 2006 Lilo J. Leeds D.H.L.
May 22, 2006 Brian D. McAuley LL.D.
May 22, 2006 The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton LL.D.
May 15, 2005 Robert B. Willumstad LL.D. 
May 15, 2005 Amelia M. Hagedorn D.H.L.
May 16, 2004 The Honorable Judith S. Kaye LL.D.
May 16, 2004 Howard Dodson D.H.L.
May 16, 2004 Thomas Dixon Lovely LL.D.
May 18, 2003 Donald Everett Axinn D.H.L.
May 18, 2003 Carmen deLavallade D.A.
May 18, 2003 The Honorable Eliot Spitzer LL.D.
May 19, 2002 Alice Hoffman D.H.L.
May 19, 2002 Horace G. McDonell, Jr. LL.D.
May 19, 2002 Betty Jane (B.J.) Scheihing LL.D.
May 20, 2001 Richard Barton D.H.L.
May 20, 2001 His Excellence Jan Kavan D.H.L.
May 20, 2001 Horace Hagedorn D.H.L.
May 21, 2000 Bunny Hoest D.H.L.
May 21, 2000 Steven L. Isenberg D.H.L. 
May 21, 2000 Bob Beamon D.H.L. 
May 21, 2000 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer D.H.L. 
May 16, 1999 Robert B. Catell D.H.L.
May 16, 1999 Gerard G. Leeds Sc.D.
May 16, 1999 H. Carl McCall D.H.L. 
May 17, 1998 Geoffrey Holder D.F.A.
May 17, 1998 James A. (Dolph) Norton D.H.L.
May 17, 1998 Joseph Charles (X.J.) Kennedy D.F.A.
May 17, 1998 Thomas J. Donohue D.H.L.
May 17, 1998 Dorothy Richardson D.H.L.
May 18, 1997 Mel Pender D.H.L.
May 18, 1997 Jonathan Larson D.F.A.
May 18, 1997 Louis Simpson D.F.A.
May 18, 1997 Mathew M. Mandery Sc.D.
May 18, 1997 The Honorable Carolyn McCarthy LL.D.
May 18, 1997 Jonathan Kozal D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 John Kapioltas D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 Sylvia Rhone D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 John Simon D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 Byron Lewis D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 Conor Cruise O’Brien D.H.L.
May 19, 1996 Norman Podhoretz D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 William F. Buckley Jr. D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Ann M. Fudge D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Dimitris L. Avramopoulos LL.D.
May 21, 1995 Peggy Noonan D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Daniel Edward Koshland Jr. Sc.D.
May 21, 1995 Joseph N. Frank D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Gerald M. Edelman Sc.D.
May 21, 1995 Melvin Schwartz Sc.D.
May 21, 1995 Roger Scruton D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Kenneth I. Chenault D.H.L.
May 21, 1995 Stanley Crouch D.H.L.
May 15, 1994 Stavros Xarhakos D.F.A.
May 15, 1994 C. John Herington D.H.L.
May 15, 1994 George N. Hatsopoulos Sc.D.
May 15, 1994 Ruth Nita Barrow LL.D.
May 15, 1994 Robert Conquest D.H.L. 
May 15, 1994 John Gross D.H.L. 
May 16, 1993 Walter Laqueur D.H.L.
May 16, 1993 Speros Vryonis Jr.  D.H.L.
May 16, 1993 Paul Johnson D.H.L.
May 16, 1993 John R. Searle D.H.L.
May 16, 1993 Heinz Berggruen D.H.L.
May 16, 1993  Donald E. Knuth Sc.D.
May 16, 1993 Carl Djerassi Sc.D.
May 16, 1993 Carolynn Reid-Wallace D.H.L.
May 16, 1993 D. Allan Bromley Sc.D.
May 16, 1993 William Bailey D.F.A.
May 17, 1992 Sheldon Weinig Sc.D.
May 17, 1992 Anna Kisselgoff D.H.L.
May 17, 1992 Leon Max Lederman Sc.D.
May 17, 1992 Max M. Kampelman LL.D.
May 17, 1992 Seth Gabriel Benardete D.H.L.
May 17, 1992 Dick Cheney LL.D.
May 17, 1992 Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. D.H.L.
May 17, 1992 Cleanth Brooks D.H.L.
May 17, 1992 Robert LeRoy Bartley D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 Aristotle Telly Savalas D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 lllias Lalaounis D.F.A.
May 19, 1991 Judith Martin D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 Martin Feldstein Sc.D.
May 19, 1991 William Phillips D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 Richard Pipes D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 Leszek Kolakowski D.H.L.
May 19, 1991 Tsung-Dao Lee Sc.D.
May 20, 1990 Donald Kagan  D.H.L.
May 20, 1990 Frederick Morgan D.H.L.
May 20, 1990 Betty Allen D.F.A.
May 20, 1990 Dubley Robert Herschbach Sc.D.
May 20, 1990 Robert H. Bork LL.D.
May 20, 1990 Richard D. Parsons LL.D.
May 20, 1990 Claire Shulman LL.D.
May 20, 1990 Creighton Eddy Gilbert D.H.L.
May 20, 1990 Simon Schama D.H.L.
May 21, 1989 Helen Frankenthaler D.F.A.
May 21, 1989 Morris B. Abram LL.D.
May 21, 1989 Leonard Garment LL.D. 
May 21, 1989 Hugo Weisgall D.F.A.
May 21, 1989 Edward Shils D.H.L.
May 21, 1989 Willard Van Orman Quine D.H.L.
May 21, 1989 Gertrude Himmelfarb D.H.L.
May 21, 1989 Sheldon Glashow Sc.D.
May 21, 1989 Harold P. Freeman Sc.D.
May 21, 1989 James E. Cheek D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Joseph Epstein D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Agnes deMille D.F.A.
May 15, 1988 Claude Lanzmann D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Edolphus Towns LL.D.
May 15, 1988 Hortense Calisher D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Cynthia Ozick D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 His Eminence Archbishop Lakovos D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Wassily Leontief D.H.L.
May 15, 1988 Baruj Benacerraf Sc.D.
May 17, 1987 Edward Teller Sc.D.
May 17, 1987 E. L. Doctorow D.H.L.
May 17, 1987 John J. Phelan Jr. LL.D.
May 17, 1987 Muriel Siebert LL.D.
May 17, 1987 Ernest L. Boyer D.H.L. 
May 17, 1987 Max Lerner LL.D.
May 17, 1987 Christian B. Anfinsen Sc.D.
May 17, 1987 Robert Bruce Merrifield Sc.D.
May 18, 1986 Charles Luckman D.F.A.
May 18, 1986 Lester C. Thurow LL.D.
May 18, 1986 Nelson Goodman Litt.D.
May 22, 1985 Elaine de Kooning D.F.A.
May 24, 1984 Vernice Doris Ferguson Sc.D.
May 24, 1984 Alfred Joseph Kahn D.H.L.
May 24, 1984 Joseph Weizenbaum Sc.D.
May 24, 1984 Paul Everett Meehl Sc.D.
May 23, 1983 Richard Chatham Atkinson Sc.D.
May 23, 1983 Martin C. Barell LL.D.
May 23, 1983 Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Sc.D.
May 23, 1983 Robin H. H. Wilson LL.D.
May 23, 1982 M. Carl Holman D.H.L.
May 23, 1982 Henry J. Heimlich, M.D. Sc.D.
February 14, 1982 Edwin Robert Werner LL.D.
February 14, 1982 Chaim-Menachem Basok LL.D.
February 14, 1982 William Archibald Sawyers Jr. Sc.D.
May 24, 1981 Martin Prager Mayer Litt.D.
May 24, 1981 George James Seedman D.C.S.
May 24, 1981 Eze II Ogueri LL.D.
May 24, 1981 Leonard Nadel LL.D.
May 24, 1981 Albert Saul Gordon Sc.D.
May 24, 1981 Gertrude G. Michelson LL.D.
February 8, 1981 Fred John Davis D.F.A.
May 25, 1980 David W. Mitchell LL.D.
May 25, 1980 Percy E. Sutton LL.D.
May 25, 1980 Jack J. Spitzer LL.D.
May 25, 1980 Chaim Gross D.F.A.
February 10, 1980 The Right Reverend Jonathan Goodhue Sherman D.H.L.
February 10, 1980 Max Raydner Traurig LL.D.
May 20, 1979 Evelyn Berezin LL.D.
May 20, 1979 Benny Goodman Mus.D
May 20, 1979 J. Peter Grace LL.D.
May 20, 1979 Ellis Laurimore Phillips, Jr. LL.D.
May 20, 1979 Rozella Schlotfeldt Sc.D.
May 21, 1978 Bayard Rustin D.H.L.
May 21, 1978 Harry Forster Chapin Litt.D.
May 21, 1978 John Sampson Toll LL.D.
May 21, 1978 Herman Heine Goldstine Sc.D.
May 21, 1978 Ernesta Gertrude Procope LL.D.
May 21, 1978 Richard Earl Booth D.H.L.
February 12, 1978 Bertram S. Brown, M.D. D.H.L.
May 22, 1977 Elizabeth Bishop Litt.D.
May 22, 1977 Alvin Ailey D.F.A.
May 22, 1977 Ewald B. Nyquist Litt.D.
May 22, 1977 David Ogilvy Litt.D.
May 22, 1977 Allyn Preston Robinson Litt.D.
May 22, 1977 Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. D.H.L.
May 23, 1976 Felix G. Rohatyn LL.D.
May 23, 1976 Clive Barnes Litt.D.
May 23, 1976 Erwin Dain Canham Litt.D.
May 23, 1976 Norman V. Lourie D.H.L.
May 23, 1976  Patricia Roberts Harris LL.D.
May 25, 1975 Frederick Hainfeld, Jr. LL.D.
May 25, 1975 Robert L. Payton Litt.D.
May 25, 1975 Mrs. Marty Mann D.H.L.
May 25, 1975 Kenneth Bancroft Clark D.H.L.
February 9, 1975 Alvin L. Schorr D.H.L.
May 26, 1974 Mitchell I. Ginsberg D.H.L.
May 26, 1974 John Fentress Gardner Litt.D.
May 26, 1974 Henry Steele Commager Litt.D.
May 26, 1974 Chien-Shiung Wu Sc.D.
May 26, 1974 Theodore Black LL.D. 
May 27, 1973 Rosalind Everdell Havemeyer D.H.L.
May 27, 1973 Geraldine Fitzgerald D.F.A.
May 27, 1973 Jerome Heartwell Holland LL.D.
May 27, 1973 Joseph S. Lindemann Sc.D.
May 27, 1973 Henry Alexander Murray, M.D. Sc.D.
June 4, 1972 Randall Pomeroy Mclntyre LL.D.
June 4, 1972 Francis Taylor Pearsons Plimpton D.H.L.
June 4, 1972 Grace M. Stanistreet D.F.A.
June 4, 1972 James D. Watson Sc.D.
June 4, 1972 George H.W. Bush LL.D.
June 6, 1971 Dr. Ralph Waldo Ellison D.H.L.
June 6, 1971 William Javanovich D.H.L.
June 6, 1971 Dr. Mary Calderone Sc.D.
June 6, 1971 George James, M.D. D.H.L.
June 6, 1971 Walter J. Hickel LL.D.
June 7, 1970 Richard Tucker D.F.A.
June 7, 1970 Margaret Chase Smith D.H.L.
June 7, 1969 H. Bentley Glass Sc.D.
June 7, 1969 Robert G. Olmsted LL.D.
June 7, 1969 Hanya Holm D.F.A.
June 9, 1968 Dr. Eveline M. Burns D.H.L.
June 9, 1968 Theodor Reik LL.D.
June 9, 1968 Dr. Mildred L. Montag D.H.L. 
June 9, 1968 J. Alfred Valentine LL.D.
June 9, 1968 Harold II Howe LL.D.
June 4, 1967 Dr. E. Clinton Towl LL.D.
June 4, 1967 Dr. Linus Pauling Sc.D.
June 4, 1967 Dr. Alwin Thaler D.H.L.
June 11, 1966 Buell G. Gallagher D.H.L.
June 2, 1966 Paul Peter Ewald Sc.D.
June 2, 1966 Alfred A. Knopf Litt.D.
June 2, 1966 Blanche W. Knopf Litt.D.
June 2, 1966 James A. Lenin LL.D.
March 6, 1966 Frank Porter Graham LL.D.
June 13, 1965 Dr. Clifford Lee Lord LL.D.
June 3, 1965 Dr. Richard Courant Sc.D.
June 3, 1965 Martha Hill Davies D.H.L.
June 3, 1965 Whitney Moore Young, Jr. D.H.L.
June 3, 1965 Merle Curti D.H.L.
December 16, 1964 The Very Reverend Harold F. Lemoine D.H.L.
June 13, 1964 The Otis Pike LL.D.
June 13, 1964 Stuart Gracey D.H.L.
June 10, 1964 Alfred Kazin Litt.D.
June 10, 1964 Anthony Lewis Litt.D.
June 10, 1964 Gilbert Highet D.H.L.
February 17, 1964 George Loring Hubbell, Jr. LL.D.
February 17, 1964 Arthur Hobson Dean LL.D.
October 20, 1963 Richard J. Neutra LL.D.
October 20, 1963 Vice Admiral William Alton Schoech, USN Sc.D.
October 20, 1963 Henry R. Luce D.F.A.
September 20, 1963 Kenneth B. Keating LL.D.
June 13, 1963 Perry B. Duryea, Jr. LL.D.
June 13, 1963 Fred Ambellan D.H.L.
June 12, 1963 Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr. D.F.A.
June 12, 1963 James J. Rorimer D.F.A.
June 12, 1963 Ruth St. Denis D.F.A.
June 12, 1963 Leopold Stokowski Mus.D.
June 12, 1963 August Heckscher II LL.D.
June 12, 1963 William H. Schuman D.F.A.
February 9, 1963 Arthur Roth LL.D.
February 9, 1963 Cecil L. Hall LL.D.
February 9, 1963 John Harland Gibbs Pell LL.D.
June 13, 1962 Isidor Rabi Sc.D.
June 13, 1962 William H. G. FitzGerald D.C.S.
June 13, 1962 Walter Hallstein LL.D.
June 13, 1962 The Honorable George W. Ball LL.D.
May 8, 1962 Wilbur J. Cohen D.H.L.
May 8, 1962 Robert J. Havighurst D.H.L.
November 10, 1961 Earl Vandermeulen D.H.L.
June 14, 1961 Ogden Nash D.H.L.
June 14, 1961 Joseph E. Ridder LL.D.
June 14, 1961 Leroy Randle Grumman LL.D.
June 14, 1961 Edward Lee Norton LL.D.
June 14, 1961 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. LL.D.
June 14, 1961 Dr. Ruth M. Adams D.H.L.
June 15, 1960 Brooks Atkinson Litt.D.
June 15, 1960 Norman Cousins D.H.L.
June 15, 1960 Edna Ferber D.H.L.
June 15, 1960 Robert W. Dowling D.F.A.
June 15, 1960 Luther Harris Evans Litt.D.
October 28, 1959 Anthony Drexel Duke D.H.L.
June 10, 1959 Dr. Hugh Latimer Dryden LL.D.
June 10, 1959 Lt. General Clarence S. Irvine Sc.D.
June 10, 1959 Dr. Wernher von Braun LL.D.
June 10, 1959 Hans Herbert Hueter Sc.D.
June 10, 1959 Willy Ley D.H.L.
June 10, 1959 Lt. General Bernard Adolph Schriever Sc.D.
June 10, 1959 Dr. John Peter Hagen Sc.D.
February 11, 1959 Dr. James E. Allen, Jr. LL.D.
February 11, 1959 Eugene J. Taylor D.H.L.
February 11, 1959 Arthur Sherwood Flemming LL.D.
February 11, 1959 Samuel A. Levine, M.D. Sc.D.
February 11, 1959 Albert M. Austin LL.D.
June 4, 1958 Douglas Stuart Moore Mus.D.
June 4, 1958 Albert Dorne D.F.A.
June 4, 1958 Anson Conger Goodyear D.F.A. 
June 4, 1958 Harold Kleinert Guinzburg D.H.L.
 May 1, 1958 Dr. John H. Furbay Order of Fellow of Adelphi, Award of Honor
May 1, 1958 Frank Pace, Jr. LL.D.
May 1, 1958 Ambassador Charles T. O. King Order of Fellow of Adelphi, Award of Honor
October 23, 1957 Conrad Nicholson Hilton LL.D.
October 23, 1957 Milo J. Sutliff LL.D.
October 23, 1957 Mary E. Switzer LL.D.
October 23, 1957 Herman E. Hilleboe, M.D. LL.D.
October 23, 1957 William C. Menninger, M.D. LL.D.
October 23, 1957 Dr. Howard A. Rusk D.H.L.
October 23, 1957 Alger B. Chapman LL.D.
June 12, 1957 Theodore V. Houser LL.D.
June 12, 1957 William S. Paley LL.D.
June 12, 1957 S. Paul Johnston Sc.D.
June 12, 1957 Austin J. Tobin LL.D.
June 12, 1957 General Carlos P. Romulo LL.D.
June 12, 1957 Ogden R. Reid LL.D.
June 12, 1957 Mark Van Doren D.H.L.
May 1, 1957 Edward J. Noble LL.D.
May 1, 1957 Leon A. Swirbul LL.D.
June 13, 1956 Reverend James N. Gettemy D.H.L.
May 1, 1956 Frank Moore LL.D.
July 21, 1955 David Askin Sc.D.
June 16, 1955 Dr. Jerome Hunsaker Sc.D.
June 1, 1955 Benjamin Fairless LL.D.
May 1, 1955 Mrs. Elisabeth Luce Moore D.H.L.
May 1, 1955 Dr. Agnes Snyder Pd.D.
May 1, 1955 Dr. Theodore Distler LL.D.
May 1, 1955 H. AIarik W. Myrin LL.D.
May 1, 1955 Dr. Henry Wriston LL.D.
May 1, 1955 Jack I. Straus LL.D.
May 1, 1955 Mrs. Ida Poole Brown Patrick D.H.L.
June 16, 1954 Judge Charles W. Froessel LL.D.
June 16, 1954 Edward M. Bernecker, M.D. LL.D.
June 16, 1954 Preston Bassett LL.D.
June 16, 1954 Rear Admiral Gordon McLintock LL.D.
October 12, 1953 Owen Griffith Groves D.H.L.
October 12, 1953 Chester Leonard Barrows D.H.L.
October 12, 1953 G. Keith Funston LL.D.
October 12, 1953 Ruth Fanshaw Waldo LL.D.
October 12, 1953 John B. Dougall LL.D.
August 1, 1953 Dr. Winifred L. Ward D.H.L.
June 11, 1952 Leon D. Howell LL.D.
June 11, 1952 Frank Wassung D.H.L.
June 11, 1952 Francis G. Hooley LL.D.
June 13, 1951 John R. Dunning LL.D.
June 13, 1951 Melvin A. Glasser LL.D.
June 14, 1950 Robert Montgomery D.F.A.
June 14, 1950 George Loring Hubbell LL.D.
June 14, 1950 Marion W. Sheahan D.H.L.
May 1, 1950 Ruth Stratton Harley D.H.L.
April 26, 1950 The Rt. James Bowes Morrell LL.D.
September 18, 1946 Lily Pons D.H.L.
June 1, 1946 James Stiles  LL.D.
June 1, 1946 Lise Meitner Sc.D. 
June 1, 1946 James Pernette DeWolfe LL.D.
June 1, 1946 James Michael Mead LL.D.
May 1, 1946 Maurice Garabrandt Mus.D.
May 1, 1946 Lucille Petry Leone D.H.L.
May 1, 1946 Edwiene Schmitt LL.D. 
May 1, 1944 Christopher Morley LL.D.
May 1, 1944 Paul Dawson Eddy LL.D.
May 1, 1944 John M. Gallagher LL.D.
June 13, 1942 Kate T. (Mrs. Henry P.) Davison D.H.L.
June 13, 1942 Genevieve Beavers Earle  LL.D.
May 1, 1917 Emma Louisa Johnston M.A.
June 15, 1916 Kate Estelle Turner M.A.
June 10, 1915 Anna Elizabeth Harvey M.A.
June 11, 1908 Helen Baldwin M.A.
June 14, 1904 Charlotte Morrill M.A.
May 1, 1904 William Ordway Partridge M.A.
 
 
 
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