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Honorary Degrees and Citations

This list has been compiled from records in the President's Office, Office of Alumni Relations, and the College archives.

1891C. E. DowmanDoctor of Divinity
1908Henry Elmer BierlyDoctor of Literature
 James PerdueCitation
1910Josephus AndersonDoctor of Laws
1911L. W. MooreDoctor of Divinity
 T. J. NixonDoctor of Divinity
 Ira S. PattersonDoctor of Divinity
 S. M. SparkmanDoctor of Laws
1926William Benjamin BeauchampDoctor of Divinity
1927R. Ira BarnettDoctor of Laws
 Samuel H. G. BurginDoctor of Laws
 Elmer Talmadge ClarkDoctor of Laws
 Isaac C. JenkinsDoctor of Divinity
1928Bishop Hoyt M. DobbsDoctor of Literature
 Ivan Lee HoltDoctor of Laws
 Leon P. McCordDoctor of Humanities
 Marvin H. NortonDoctor of Divinity
1929Herbert J. DraneDoctor of Laws
 Lincoln HulleyDoctor of Education
 William A. LambethDoctor of Literature
 Samuel Emory ThomassonDoctor of Literature
 Hibbird Austin TuckerDoctor of Laws
 A. Fred TurnerDoctor of Divinity
1930Will W. AlexanderDoctor of Laws
 J. H. DanielsDoctor of Divinity
 Oscar E. RiceDoctor of Divinity
 Guy Everett SnavelyDoctor of Literature
 Y. C. YangDoctor of Laws
1932Edwin AndersonDoctor of Divinity
 John RinglingDoctor of Laws
1933Winslow S. AndersonDoctor of Laws
 J. F. BellDoctor of Divinity
 Carl S. CoxDoctor of Education
 H. J. HaeflingerDoctor of Divinity
 John J. TigertDoctor of Literature
1934Mrs. Roger BabsonDoctor of Education
 J. R. CasonDoctor of Divinity
 Smith HardinDoctor of Divinity
 Bishop Samuel R. HayDoctor of Laws
 Harrison E. HoweDoctor of Laws
 Mrs. J. D. RandallDoctor of Humanities
 G. S. RobertsDoctor of Divinity
1935Paul Wesley EllisDoctor of Divinity
 William Preston FewDoctor of Education
 Felix R. Hill, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 A. M. HughlettDoctor of Divinity
 John S. TaylorDoctor of Laws
 B. A. WhitmoreDoctor of Laws
1936Bowman F. AsheDoctor of Literature
 P. M. BoydDoctor of Divinity
 H. P. CarpenterDoctor of Humanities
 Paul A. FletcherDoctor of Divinity
 Pat M. NeffDoctor of Literature
 E. L. RobinsonDoctor of Laws
 James W. WorkmanDoctor of Laws
1937Robert Lee AllenDoctor of Divinity
 Henry Webster BlackburnDoctor of Divinity
 Francis Marvin DurranceDoctor of Laws
 John Colin EnglishDoctor of Laws
 A. K. FlemingDoctor of Laws
 Bishop Edwin Holt HughesDoctor of Humanities
 John MillerDoctor of Divinity
 Ralph Washington SockmanDoctor of Literature
 Alfred H. WaggDoctor of Laws
1938Frederick Bohn FisherDoctor of Literature
 Welthy Honsinger FisherDoctor of Literature
 William Gregory FletcherDoctor of Divinity
 Frank Dreux JacksonDoctor of Laws
 Curtis Hamilton MuncieDoctor of Science
 Finley J. PattersonDoctor of Divinity
 Isaiah Tillman PearsonDoctor of Education
 Paul QuillianDoctor of Laws
 Robert Z. TylerDoctor of Divinity
1939Frederick Raymond ChenaultDoctor of Literature
 Henry Hitt CraneDoctor of Laws
 Elam Carlton DoyleDoctor of Humanities
 Henry Carter HardinDoctor of Divinity
 Harry HenryDoctor of Divinity
 James D. HurtDoctor of Divinity
 Mary Lowe WestMaster of Arts
1940John Warren BranscombDoctor of Divinity
 Francis Dana ComanDoctor of Laws
 George Elbert FarrarDoctor of Divinity
 Ruel B. GilbertDoctor of Humanities
 Sir Wilfred Greenfell 
 John Wallace HamiltonDoctor of Divinity
 John Louis HortonDoctor of Divinity
 Paul McNuttDoctor of Humanities
 Raimundo de OviesDoctor of Laws
 Thomas Vernor SmithDoctor of Laws
1941M. W. CarothersDoctor of Laws
 Spessard L. HollandDoctor of Laws
 Harold D. MeyerDoctor of Laws
 Arthur J. MooreDoctor of Laws
 Annie M. PfeifferDoctor of Humanities
 Roy L. SmithDoctor of Humane Letters
 J. H. TherrellDoctor of Laws
 C. K. VlietDoctor of Divinity
1944Robert C. HolmesDoctor of Divinity
 Francis J. McConnellDoctor of Literature
 Edward Julian PendergrassDoctor of Divinity
 T. T. ScottDoctor of Laws
 Thomas George WalkerDoctor of Laws
 Cornelius Vanderbilt WhitneyDoctor of Laws
 G. Floyd ZimmermanDoctor of Laws
1945John Kenneth Boulton-JonesDoctor of Laws
 Millard Fillmore CaldwellDoctor of Laws
 John Zabud FletcherDoctor of Laws
 Rembert Arthur GuyDoctor of Divinity
 George Franklin ScottDoctor of Divinity
 Harris Gordon SimsDoctor of Laws
 Ray V. SowersDoctor of Laws
 Vilhjalmur StefanssonDoctor of Literature
 Shelby Augustus WilsonDoctor of Divinity
1946Everett Ross ClinchyDoctor of Laws
 Emile Emdon WatsonDoctor of Laws
 William Clarence WebsterCitation
 Herbert Edward WolfeDoctor of Laws
1947Juan Jose ArevaloDoctor of Laws
 Doak Sheridan CampbellDoctor of Laws
 Jerome DavisDoctor of Literature
 Benjamin Clifford Douglas EckardtDoctor of Laws
 Horace Threston Freeman, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 John Owen GrossDoctor of Literature
 Perry Benjamin James, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Edward Elsworth JohnsonDoctor of Laws
 S. C. OlliffDoctor of Divinity
 James Hardin PetersonDoctor of Humanities
 Clifford H. ReasonCitation
 Garland Dee RunnelsDoctor of Laws
1948Eleanor Steber BilbyDoctor of Music
 Gordon Peter CampbellDoctor of Laws
 Earl EvansDoctor of Music
 William Ewart Gladstone MurrayDoctor of Laws
 Lewis Audubon RaulersonDoctor of Laws
 William Pearson TolleyDoctor of Education
1949Thomas David BaileyDoctor of Laws
 John Avery GuytonDoctor of Laws
 Roy Hunter ShortDoctor of Laws
 Thomas John WatsonDoctor of Social Science
1950Ernest Aubrey BaileyDoctor of Laws
 Boris BlaiDoctor of Fine Arts
 Frederick W. CoffingDoctor of Laws
 Thomas L. DunbarDoctor of Science
 Michael M. EngleCitation
 Daniel J. McCarthyCitation
 Clinton Vane McClurgDoctor of Laws
 Frank Lloyd WrightDoctor of Laws
1951Emile DuBose Anthony, Sr.Citation
 Henry Styles BridgesDoctor of Literature
 Bruce Franklin GannawayDoctor of Divinity
 Stanley GrumbacherCitation
 John Howard HangerDoctor of Divinity
 John William HorseyDoctor of Laws
 Cyril LordDoctor of Laws
 Daniel Justin McCarthyDoctor of Laws
 Don H. MurdochDoctor of Humanities
 Clifford Hamilton ReasonDoctor of Laws
 Richard Neil SteinMaster of Arts
 Joseph Augustus TolleDoctor of Divinity
1952Alfred Raymond BarriosMaster of Arts
 John Philip BellDoctor of Laws
 Charles Francis CoeDoctor of Laws
 Don Alvin CookeDoctor of Divinity
 Michael M. EngelDoctor of Laws
 R. Barnwell FullerDoctor of Laws
 Albert Dale HaglerDoctor of Divinity
 Nathan Alexander PerilmanDoctor of Laws
1953Ford Christopher FrickDoctor of Laws
 Laurel Irvin GeiszlerMaster of Arts
 John Granville StradleyDoctor of Divinity
 Kenneth Dale WellsDoctor of Laws
1954Nathan CummingsDoctor of Laws
 Garfield EvansDoctor of Divinity
 Joseph Raymond FazzanoDoctor of Laws
 Sarann Butler KazanjianDoctor of Humanities
 James MagurnoDoctor of Humanities
 Kent McKinleyDoctor of Laws
 Lucius Pond OrdwayDoctor of Laws
 Francis Earl ShawCitation of Meritorious Service
1955Clare Marden CottonDoctor of Divinity
 Lynn FarnolDoctor of Laws
 Charles Warren HawkinsDoctor of Laws
 Joseph Winstead HicksDoctor of Laws
 John Edwin LarsonDoctor of Laws
 Laurie Graydon RayDoctor of Divinity
 Letcher Frank RoperDoctor of Laws
1956Aston Aubra AlmandDoctor of Divinity
 Thomas Leroy CollinsDoctor of Laws
 John Milburn McLeodDoctor of Divinity
 Thomas Henry MitchellDoctor of Laws
 Kenneth Gerald RogersDoctor of Divinity
 Hy Jordan SobiloffDoctor of Laws
 Lex King SouterDoctor of Divinity
 Edgar Sullins VaughtDoctor of Laws
1957Henry Boris BurnsDoctor of Laws
 Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Ray ClementsDoctor of Laws
 Millard Carson ClevelandDoctor of Divinity
 Morris FishbeinDoctor of Laws
 Claude McEuen Harden, Sr.Doctor of Laws
 George Washington JenkinsDoctor of Laws
 David Bernard SteinmanDoctor of Humanities
 Henry Melton WareDoctor of Divinity
1958Ben Hill GriffinDoctor of Laws
 Sidney Walter MartinDoctor of Laws
 John Henry TeeterDoctor of Laws
 Walter WinchellDoctor of Humanities
1959Harry SilettDoctor of Laws
1960Arthur James ArmstrongDoctor of Divinity
 Ernest CuneoDoctor of Laws
 Elizabeth Skinner JacksonMaster of Arts
 Christine McGuireMaster of Music
1961Farris BryantDoctor of Laws
 Stanley KresgeDoctor of Laws
 Victor Lee RankinDoctor of Divinity
1962Raymond A. AlleyDoctor of Divinity
 Samuel M. FlemingDoctor of Laws
1963Gaylon Leon HoweDoctor of Divinity
 Charles Coolidge ParlinDoctor of Laws
1964Milburn Peter AkersDoctor of Laws
 W. Scott BozemanDoctor of Divinity
 John James RooksDoctor of Divinity
1965Richard Holcomb CooperDoctor of Laws
 Marjorie Mitchell McKinleyDoctor of Fine Arts
1967John William DonahooDoctor of Laws
 James W. HenleyDoctor of Divinity
 Benjamin Campbell ThornalDoctor of Laws
1968Charles Durward McDonellDoctor of Divinity
 Wendell PhillipsDoctor of Business Administration
1969Christiaan N. BarnardDoctor of Science
 Andy GriffithDoctor of Fine Arts
 Alfred HedbergDoctor of Divinity
1970Lord CaradonDoctor of Laws
1971Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.Doctor of Laws
 C. Glenn MingledorffDoctor of Divinity
 Mary Duke SemansDoctor of Fine Arts
1972Reubin O’Donovan AskewDoctor of Laws
 Harry J. HeebDoctor of Humane Letters
 Walter Nadeem KalafDoctor of Divinity
1973Howard J. Barnum, Jr.Doctor of Science
 Bishop Robert M. BlackburnDoctor of Laws
 Charles C. EdwardsDoctor of Laws
 Edna Hallett EwertsHonorary Alumna
 Charles Puryear HamiltonDoctor of Divinity
 Gordon S. HodgsonDoctor of Literature
 Bishop Joel D. McDavidDoctor of Divinity
 Richard Warren PearceDoctor of Laws
 T. Terrell SessumsDoctor of Laws
1974George Washington EnglishDoctor of Laws
 James Marvin Sweat, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Eugene Morris ZimmermanDoctor of Divinity
1975Frances Langford EvinrudeHonorary Alumna
 Marion McCoy GibbsDoctor of Divinity
 Ethel McCullough GrayDoctor of Humanities
 Paul Lambuth HartsfieldDoctor of Divinity
 Bob HopeDoctor of Humanities
 Richard Vernon MooreDoctor of Laws
 Fletcher Gray RushDoctor of Laws
1976Patrick Wyley McBride, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Ruth Springer WedgworthDoctor of Humanities
 Carl Eugene WestDoctor of Divinity
1977John Lewis HallDoctor of Laws
 Thomas Calvin KelseyDoctor of Divinity
 James Thomas LaneyDoctor of Divinity
 Cushman Shelton RadebaughDoctor of Laws
 Eldon SimmonsDoctor of Divinity
1978Earl J. McGrathDoctor of Laws
 James Clayton RowanDoctor of Divinity
 Alfred Bryan VaughtDoctor of Divinity
1979Bascom W. CarltonDoctor of Divinity
 Walter CronkiteDoctor of Humanities
 Monroe C. HatchDoctor of Divinity
 William M. Hollis, Jr.Doctor of Humane Letters
 Sean McBrideDoctor of Humane Letters
1980Edward Lee Dinkins, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Marcus E. DrewaDoctor of Science in Commerce
 David G. HortinDoctor of Divinity
 James Carlisle RogersDoctor of Laws
 James Hunter WilliamsDoctor of Laws
 Warren Waite WillisDoctor of Divinity
1981Robert BledsoeDoctor of Divinity
 Jerome HinesDoctor of Music
 Bishop Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Nelson C. WhiteDoctor of Science
1982Roland Herbert BaintonDoctor of Humane Letters
 Jameson JonesDoctor of Divinity
 Prime F. OsbornDoctor of Laws
 Arnold PalmerDoctor of Humane Letters
 Carter Durwood Poland, Jr.Doctor of Commerce
1983Hugh AndersonDoctor of Divinity
 John R. HarrisonDoctor of Humane Letters
 Jimmy S. JonesDoctor of Divinity
 E. Ronal MuddDoctor of Divinity
 Edward W. NormanDoctor of Divinity
 E. Cardon WalkerDoctor of Humane Letters
1984Gerald R. FordDoctor of Laws
 George D. KennedyDoctor of Business
 Curtis PetersonDoctor of Laws
 John Thomas Sofge, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Roland VanzantDoctor of Divinity
1985Terrel H. BellDoctor of Laws
 Sayer Loyal FrisbieDoctor of Letters
 Ann Hammond HansenDoctor of Science
 Mark C. HollisDoctor of Business Administration
 Nathan MilsteinDoctor of Music
 Thomas Glenn MitchellDoctor of Divinity
 Thomas PriceDoctor of Divinity
 Renata ScottoDoctor of Music
1986Dennis M. CampbellDoctor of Divinity
 Thomas Marshall HahnDoctor of Laws
 D. Burke KiblerDoctor of Laws
 Scott LinderDoctor of Laws
 Thomas S. MonaghanDoctor of Laws
 Nils M. SchweizerDoctor of Humane Letters
1987James Lloyd KnoxDoctor of Divinity
 Terence H. WaiteDoctor of International Laws
Presented in absentia to Canon S. J. Habiby
 James L. WaitsDoctor of Humane Letters
1988Jack M. BerryDoctor of Laws
 Harold Hasbrouck Hughes, Jr.Doctor of Divinity
 Andrew P. IrelandDoctor of Laws
 Charles Howard Jenkins, Sr.Doctor of Laws
 John Philip SimonDoctor of Divinity
1989Elizabeth B. CastorDoctor of Laws
 Sam T. DellDoctor of Laws
 Emerson Keith EwingDoctor of Divinity
 Robert Eugene FanninDoctor of Divinity
 Roger W. IresonDoctor of Humane Letters
 William Wesley PetersDoctor of Architecture
 Robert Lawson ShawDoctor of Sacred Music
1990George T. CrutchfieldDoctor of Humane Letters
 Margaret M. O’Shaugnessy HecklerDoctor of Humanities
 Riley Phillips ShortDoctor of Divinity
1991Ernest L. BoyerDoctor of Laws
 Marie M. MillerDoctor of Aeronautical Science
 Truman W. MillerDoctor of Aeronautical Science
 Fred R. MillsapsDoctor of Laws
 John M. SchebDoctor of Humane Letters
1992John Charles Allanson BarrettDoctor of Divinity
 Charles W. CourtoyDoctor of Divinity
 Sir John Marks TempletonDoctor of Humane Letters
1993David T. BrewerDoctor of Divinity
 Lynne V. CheneyDoctor of Liberal Arts
 Arthur Lee Eberly, Jr.Doctor of Science
1994Winifred C. “Peggy” BrownDoctor of Public Service
 Phyllis DavisDoctor of Music
 Joe HaleDoctor of Humane Letters
 Andrew H. Hines, Jr.Doctor of Humane Letters
 Clark Maxwell, Jr.Doctor of Laws
1995William S."Bill” BarnesDoctor of Divinity
 Bob GrahamDoctor of Public Service
 Lanier UpshawDoctor of Commerce
1996Bishop Cornelius L. HendersonDoctor of Humane Letters
 Donald L. KerrickDoctor of Diplomacy
 Burton “Bud” StoneDoctor of Science, Film Technology
 Dorotha Cunningham TannerDoctor of Humanitarian Service
1997Frank BroganDoctor of Public Service
 Eleanor Honeyman MillerDoctor of Music
 John Raymond Miller IIDoctor of Humane Letters
 Sandra B. MorthamDoctor of Public Service
 Chris WallaceDoctor of Humane Letters
1998Carol BarnettDoctor of Public Service
 Hoyt R. “Barney” BarnettDoctor of Public Service
 J. Larry DurrenceDoctor of Public Service
 Gary MasonDoctor of Divinity
 Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollumCitation
 George T. MillerDoctor of Commerce
 James Robert WallerCitation
 Charles E. WilhelmDoctor of Public Service
1999Lawrence H. FuchsDoctor of Commerce
 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.Citation
 E. Vane McClurgDoctor of Laws
 Marjorie H. RobertsDoctor of Public Service
 Robert R. SharpDoctor of Business
 Richard J. WillsDoctor of Divinity
2000Nancy J. AumannCitation
 Charles T. CanadyCitation
 Duncan L. GrayDoctor of Divinity
 R. Fred LewisDoctor of Public Service
 Charles W. “Jack” SahlmanDoctor of Business
 Harold M. “Hal” SmeltzlyCitation
 Robert S. TrinkleDoctor of Public Service
 Beverly D. WolffDoctor of Music
2001Joan BuccinoCitation
 Hazel HaleyDoctor of Humane Letters
 Dan JohnsonDoctor of Divinity
 Eleanor Honeyman MillerCitation
 John Raymond Miller IICitation
 Adam PutnamCitation
 Robert Arthur RiedelDoctor of Business
 Chesterfield SmithDoctor of Public Service
2002Charles W. CourtoyCitation
 Jerome King Del PinoDoctor of Divinity
 Frank H. Furman, Jr.Doctor of Public Service
 James Lloyd KnoxCitation
 Rodell F. RobertsCitation
 Emiliano Jose "E. J." SalcinesDoctor of Laws
 Robert L. UlrichCitation
 Bishop Timothy W. WhitakerDoctor of Humane Letters
 William Dean WittenDoctor of Divinity
2003Myles BrandDoctor of Public Service
 James Quinton RumphDoctor of Public Service
2004Marcene H. ChristoversonDoctor of Business
 Millard FullerDoctor of Public Service
 Lorraine L. SpiveyDoctor of Public Service
 John V. VernerDoctor of Public Service
 Sally Prosser VernerDoctor of Public Service
2005Frances MayesDoctor of Humane Letters
 Roberta PetersDoctor of Humane Letters
 Sarah Dukes McKayDoctor of Public Service
2006Sir Harold W. KrotoDoctor of Science
 Robert A.M. SternDoctor of Humane Letters
 Robert S. Jepson, Jr.Doctor of Business
2007Robert MacLaurin MacDonaldDoctor of Music
 James Hadley BillingtonDoctor of Humane Letters
 Louis Stephen SacoDoctor of Public Service
 Madame Shao Fang ShengDoctor of Art
 Tom MorrisDoctor of Humane Letters
 Senator Bill NelsonDoctor of Public Service
 Joe P. RuthvenDoctor of Public Service
2008Michael D. GriffinDoctor of Public Service
 Robert L. Fryer, Jr.Doctor of Public Service
 J. Hal Roberts, Jr.Doctor of Laws
2009G. Wayne CloughDoctor of Humane Letters
 Alex SinkDoctor of Humane Letters
 Bonnie BurnhamDoctor of Humane Letters
 Lester WishnatzkiDoctor of Humane Letters
2010Domingo MoreiraDoctor of Business
2011H. Fisk JohnsonDoctor of Humane Letters
 R. William BeckerDoctor of Business
2012Bonnie McElveen-HunterDoctor of Humane Letters
 Marcus M. WeinsteinDoctor of Humane Letters
 Steve ForbesDoctor of Humane Letters
2013John M. Fahey, Jr.Doctor of Humane Letters
 John A. RoddaDoctor of Business
2014Ted TurnerDoctor of Humane Letters
 Ted BellDoctor of Humane Letters
 H. Kenneth WalkerDoctor of Humane Letters
 T. Boone PickensDoctor of Humane Letters
2015David P. LyonsDoctor of Humane Letters
 Abbe RavenDoctor or Humane Letters
2016Nicholas SparksDoctor of Humane Letters
 John C. MaxwellDoctor of Business
 W. Edwin CrenshawDoctor of Business
 Jürgen MoltmannDoctor of Divinity
2017Glenn LowryDoctor of Humane Letters
 Craig MenearDoctor of Business
 Gerard BakerDoctor of Business
 Robert PuterbaughDoctor of Humane Letters
2018Richard SmuckerDoctor of Business
 Guy HarveyDoctor of Humane Letters
 Patrick GeraghtyDoctor of Humane Letters
 Sherry MagillDoctor of Humane Letters
2019John FerriolaDoctor of Business
 Mae JemisonDoctor of Humane Letters
 Charles T. CanadyDoctor of Humane Letters
 Richard C. JensenDoctor of Business
 Richard T. FultonDoctor of Humane Letters
2020Todd JonesDoctor of Business
2021Ann B. EdwardsDoctor of Humane Letters
 A. Ward Edwards, Jr.Doctor of Humane Letters
2022Carole M. WeinsteinDoctor of Humane Letters
 Richard ThompsonDoctor of Business
 Thomas L. WilliamsDoctor of Humane Letters

M. Jeffrey BakerDoctor of Humane Letters
2023Fred D. Gray, Sr.Doctor of Public Service

Elizabeth KrystynDoctor of Business