Honorary Degrees Conferred

All biographical information is current for the time period the honorary degree was conferred.

Year Individual Degree
1917 Wilbur Fiske Massey Doctor of Science
1925 Charles E. Waddell Doctor of Science
1926 Thomas Nelson Doctor of Science
1929 Stuart Warren Cramer Doctor of Science
William Dollison Faucett Doctor of Science
1932 O. Max Gardner Doctor of laws
James A. Powell Doctor of Science
Reuben Robertson Doctor of Science
1937 Weightman Wells Garner Doctor of Science
Arthur Ernest Morgan Doctor of Engineering
1938 Charles I. Burkholder Doctor of Engineering
William McKinney Piatt Doctor of Engineering
1939 Stephen Cole Bruner Doctor of Science
Junius Sidney Cates Doctor of Agriculture
Adrianus J.L. Mortiz Doctor of Science
Benjamin Brown Gossett
(October) Wallace Carl Riddick Doctor of Engineering
1940 Clement Leinster Garner Doctor of Engineering
Charles Albert Cannon Doctor of Textile Science
1941 Richard Thurmond Chatham Doctor of Textile Science
Roger Vernon Terry Doctor of Engineering
1942 Carle Clark Zimmerman Doctor of Science
(October) Graham Hudson Anthony Doctor of Engineering
Thomas Kenneth Mail Doctor of Engineering
Charles William Burkett Doctor of Science
1943 Wilbert James Carter Doctor of Textile Science
Benjamin Wesley Kilgore Doctor of Science
Thomas Alfred Morgan Doctor of Engineering
1944 David Clark Doctor of Textile Science
Louis Valvelle Sutton Doctor of Engineering
1945 Dudley Warren Bagley Doctor of Agriculture
William Carey Lee Doctor of Military Science
Arthur Mills Dixon Doctor of Textile Science
1946 Victor Arthur Rice Doctor of Agriculture
Roger Williams Doctor of Engineering
James Edward Millis Doctor of Textile Science
1947 John Redd Hutcheson Doctor of Agriculture
Charles Burt Stainback Doctor of Engineering
Harry H. Strasu Doctor of Engineering
John Washington Clark Doctor of Textile Science
1948 James Morgan Sherman Doctor of Agriculture
William Henry Sullivan Doctor of Engineering
Thomas Everett Browne Doctor of Vocational Ed
Franklin Warren Hobbs Doctor of Textile Science
1949 William Kerr Scott Doctor of Agriculture
Felix Stanton Hales Doctor of Engineering
Albert Gallatin Myers Doctor of Textile Science
1950 Harry J. Reed Doctor of Science
Frank Porter Graham Doctor of Humanities
Clyde Atkinson Erwin Doctor of Vocational Ed.
Clyde Alvin Dillon Doctor of Engineering
John Flood Matheson Doctor of Textile Science
1951 Ira Obed Schaub Doctor of Agriculture
Clarence Poe Doctor of Agriculture Ed.
Harry Parker Hammond Doctor of Engineering
Colin George Spencer Doctor of Forest Science
Frederick Bonnett Doctor of Textile Science
1952 Junius Greene Adams Doctor of Agriculture
Luther Wilson Greene Doctor of Engineering
Carl Alvin Schenck Doctor of Forest Science
William Hagwood Ruffin Doctor of Textile Science
1953 Lynton Yates Ballentine Doctor of Agriculture
Walter Gropius Doctor of Architecture
John Warren Smith Doctor of Vocational Ed.
George William Gullette Doctor of Engineering
Inman Fowler Eldredge Doctor of Forest Science
Herman Cone Doctor of Textile Science
1954 John William Turrentine Doctor of Agriculture
R. Buckminster Fuller Doctor of Design
John William Harrelson Doctor of Education
James Thomas Ryan Doctor of Engineering
Walter Julius Damtoft Doctor of Forest Science
Robert Ten Broeck Stevens Doctor of Textile Science
1955 James Harold Hilton Doctor of Science
Victor Silas Bryant Doctor of Humanities
Luther Hartwell Hodges Doctor of Laws
Edward Eastman Clayton Doctor of Science
Elwood Leonard Demmon Doctor of Science
1956 James Harold Linebarger Doctor of Humanities
George Waddell Snedecor Doctor of Science
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Doctor of Laws
Lillian Lee Vaughn Doctor of Laws
1957 Leroy Argius Brothers Doctor of Science
Thomas Dolliver Church Doctor of Laws
Harold D. Cooley Doctor of Laws
Wilson Durward Leggett Doctor of Science
Clifford Willard Tilson Doctor of Humanities
1958 Halbert McNair Jones Doctor of Humanities
William Gardner Van Note Doctor of Science
Conrad Louis Wirth Doctor of Humanities
1959 Willard Holden Darst Doctor of Science
Henry Burton Robinson Doctor of Science
Francis Xavier Schumacker Doctor of Science
Carl Cleveland Taylor Doctor of Humanities
1960 William Dunford Appel Doctor of Science
Jonathan Worth Daniels Doctor of Humanities
Granville Moorman Reed Doctor of Science
Oliver Reagan Rowe Doctor of Humanities
Burrhus Frederic Skinner Doctor of Sciences
Thomas Benton Upchurch Doctor of Humanities
1961 John Columbus Cowan Doctor of Humanities
Frederick Carlton Gardner Doctor of Science
Irvine Theodore Haig Doctor of Science
Thelma Howell Doctor of Science
Thomas Franklin Parker Doctor of Science
1962 Sterling Brown Hendricks Doctor of Science
Lennox Polk McLendon Doctor of Humanities
Laurence Hasbrouck Snyder Doctor of Humanities
Raymond Albert Wheeler Doctor of Science
1963 George McMillan Darrow Doctor of Science
Terry Sanford Doctor of Humanities
Eli Sternberg Doctor of Humanities
Bertram Whittier Wells Doctor of Science
1964 Henry Armfield Foscue Doctor of Humanities
William Dallas Herring Doctor of Humanities
Louis Isadore Kahn Doctor of Humanities
Lillian Parker Wallace Doctor of Humanities
David Stathem Weaver Doctor of Humanities
1965 Leonard David Baver Doctor of Science
Charles Francis Goldthwait Doctor of Science
Jasper Leonidas Stuckey Doctor of Science
John Harold Lampe Doctor of Science
1966 James Gordon Hanes Doctor of Humanities
James Herbert Jensen Doctor of Science
Rudolph Ivey Mintz Doctor of Laws
Charles Scott Mitchell Doctor of Science
Frances Gray Patton Doctor of Humanities
1967 David Stanton Coltrane Doctor of Humanities
Verne Lester Harper Doctor of Science
George Richard Herbert Doctor of Science
Joseph Grant Knapp Doctor of Science
Francis P. W. Winteringham Doctor of Science
1969 none
1970 none
1971 none
1972 Gordon Kennedy Middleton Doctor of Science
1973 none
1974 none
1975 John Tyler Caldwell Doctor of Laws
1976 none
1977 none
1978 none
1979 Lodwick Charles Hartley Doctor of Humanities
1980 none
1981 none
1982 none
1983 none
1984 Theodore W. Schultz Doctor of Humane Letters
1984 Theodore W. Schultz Doctor of Humane Letters
1985 Harwell H. Harris Doctor of Fine Arts
Samuel D. Proctor Doctor of Humane Letters
1986 Phillip M. Smith Doctor of Science
1987 none
1988 Richard G. Walser Doctor of Humane Letters
1989 Gertrude B. Elion Doctor of Science
1990 none
1991 Nyle C. Brady Doctor of Science
William C. Friday Doctor of Public Service
12/1992 Eugene Butler Doctor of Agriculture
5/1993 George Wallace Giles Doctor of Sciences
12/1993 Ernest L. Boyer Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1994 John Hope Franklin Doctor of Humane Letters
Frank Hawkins Kenan Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1994 Benjamin S. Carson, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward E. Hood, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1995 William Brantley Aycock Doctor of Humane Letters
Gen. Maxwell Reid Thurman Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1995 Raymond H. Dawson Doctor of Humane Letters
Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1996 Fred McFeely Rogers Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1996 Prezell R. Robinson Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1997 none
12/1997 Albert Carnesale Doctor of Humane Letters
Ben Rankin Morris Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1998 Hugh Shelton Doctor of Humane Letters
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1998 Nicholaas Bloembergen Doctor of Sciences
Joab L. Thomas Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1999 Kaye Gibbons Doctor of Humane Letters
Kathryn Stinson Doctor of Sciences
12/1999 John Thomas Biggers Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2000 Reverend Billy Graham Doctor of Humane Letters
Donna Shalala Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2000 Ray C. Anderson Doctor of Humane Letters
F. Albert Cotton Doctor of Sciences
Peter C. Doherty Doctor of Sciences
Theodore M. Hesburgh Doctor of Humane Letters
Hipolito Mejia Doctor of Humane Letters
Vernon Owens Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2001 T. Ming Chu Doctor of Sciences
Harm J. de Blij Doctor of Humane Letters
Walter Fitch Doctor of Sciences
Jane Henney Doctor of Humane Letters
Neal Lane Doctor of Sciences
Ruby Vann Crumpler McSwain Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2001 Hon. James B. Hunt Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert H. Buckman Doctor of Humane Letters
Alan T. Dickson Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles E. Hamner Doctor of Humane Letters
Larry K. Monteith Doctor of Humane Letters
Douglas M. Orr Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2002 Dr. James P. Comer Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. James J. Duderstadt Doctor of Sciences
Ms. Lee Smith Doctor of Fine Arts
Mr. William James Raspberry Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Charles M. Vest Doctor of Sciences
12/2002 Dr. James Goodnight Doctor of Sciences
Mr. Thomas Karl Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2003 Ken Burns Doctor of Fine Arts
Edward Carroll Joyner Doctor of Humane Letters
William G. Hill Doctor of Sciences
Cyma Rubin Doctor of Fine Arts
12/2003 Shirley Ann Jackson Doctor of Sciences
Dan K. McNeill Doctor of Humane Letters
John P. Sall Doctor of Sciences
E. Travis York Doctor of Sciences
5/2004 Eva Clayton Doctor of Humane Letters
Harvey K. Littleton Doctor of Fine Arts
Steve Wozniak Doctor of Sciences
12/2004 Richard Benedick Doctor of Sciences
Robert Ward Doctor of Fine Arts
R. Scott Wallinger Doctor of Sciences
5/2005 Johnnetta B. Cole Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard Meier Doctor of Fine Arts
Patrick A. Moore Doctor of Sciences
12/2005 Dean Kamen Doctor of Sciences
W. Duke Kimbrell Doctor of Humane Letters
Hugh Morton Doctor of Humane Letters
William R. McNeal Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2006 Ralph Cicerone Doctor of Sciences
David Effron Doctor of Fine Arts
J. Stuart Hunter Doctor of Sciences
Daniel McFadden Doctor of Sciences
John Ruffin Doctor of Sciences
George Tolley Doctor of Sciences
12/2006 Roscoe R. Braham, Jr. Doctor of Sciences
Lynn Margulis Doctor of Sciences
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Doctor of Humane Letters
Rex M. Nettleford Doctor of Fine Arts
5/2007 Kenneth Olden Doctor of Sciences
Eduardo Catalano Doctor of Fine Arts
Roger Milliken Doctor of Sciences
12/2007 David H. Blackwell Doctor of Sciences
Walter Royal Davis Doctor of Humane Letters
Billy Ray Hall Doctor of Humane Letters
Arlinda F. Locklear Doctor of Humane Letters
Arthur Tab Williams Doctor of Humane Letters
Gianfranco Zaccai Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2008 Pat Mora Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard G. Robb Doctor of Humane Letters
C.D. Spangler, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2008 Freeman A. Hrabowski, III Doctor of Sciences
Carl Wieman Doctor of Sciences
 5/2009 John Seely Brown Doctor of Sciences
Sarita E. Brown Doctor of Humane Letters
Wayne A. Fuller Doctor of Sciences
 12/2009 Jack Ward Thomas Doctor of Sciences
G. Smedes York Doctor of Humane Letters
 5/2010 I. King Jordan Doctor of Humane Letters
Charlie Rose Doctor of Humane Letters
William Julius Wilson Doctor of Humane Letters
 12/2010 Deanna Bowling Marcum Doctor of Humane Letters
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard Sapper Doctor of Fine Arts
 5/2011 Robert Weiss Doctor of Fine Arts
James E. Rogers Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2011 Ray A. Buchanan Doctor of Humane Letters
Rajendra K. Pachauri Doctor of Sciences
Robert G. Stanton Doctor of Sciences
5/2012 Robert B. Jordan III Doctor of Sciences
David H. Murdock Doctor of Sciences
12/2012 James H. Woodward Doctor of Sciences
5/2013 Indra Nooyi Doctor of Humane Letters
Michael Wingfield Doctor of Sciences
12/2013 Tony Badger Doctor of Humane Letters
Hayden White Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2014 David Ferriero Doctor of Humane Letters
Thomas Sayre Doctor of Fine Arts
12/2014 George M. Whitesides Doctor of Sciences
5/2015 Betsy M. Bennett Doctor of Sciences
Clara Adams-Ender Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2015 Karl Eikenberry Doctor of Humane Letters
Pedro Sanchez Doctor of Sciences
5/2016 Admiral Michelle Howard Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Jean Schensul Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Larry Wheeler Doctor of Fine Arts
12/2016 Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus Doctor of Sciences
5/2017 David Christian Doctor of Humane Letters
Philip G. Freelon Doctor of Fine Arts