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Honorary Degrees

Individuals honored by the University with an honorary degree for their outstanding lifetime accomplishments. An alphabetical list of recipients is available at http://uawards.umn.edu/uawards/recipients/hd_rec.html

Honorary Discipline Year of Award
Warren MacKenzie

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2015
Patricia D. Horoho

Doctor of Laws

School of Nursing

2014
Kate Millett

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

2014
Monkombu S. Swaminathan

Doctor of Science

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

2014
Susan M. Watkins

Doctor of Science

College of Design

2014
Jean Illsley Clarke

Doctor of Laws

College of Education & Human Development

2013
Thomas J. Sargent

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

2013
Christopher A. Sims

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

2013
Joe Dowling

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2012
Maria Schneider

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2012
Chen Zhu

Doctor of Science

Medical School

2012
Chunli Bai

Doctor of Science

China Center, Institute of Technology

2011
Philip C. Brunelle

Doctor of Humane Letters

Schhol of Music, College of Liberal Arts

2011
Ertharin Cousin

Doctor of Laws

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

2011
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Doctor of Humane Letters

Center for Spirituality & Healing

2011
Richard M. Schulze

Doctor of Laws

Medical School

2011
Phillip A. Sharp

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2011
Devi Prashad Shetty

Doctor of Laws

School of Public Health

2011
Michael S. Berman

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2010
Jacques Diouf

Doctor of Laws

College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

2010
Richard P. Teske

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2010
Chandra M. Varma

Doctor of Science

College of Science & Engineering

2010
Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson

Doctor of Science

Academic Health Center

2010
Clara Adams-Ender

Doctor of Humane Letters

School of Nursing

2009
Marin Alsop

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2009
Sean Carroll

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2009
David L. Dilcher

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2009
Tony Kushner

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2009
Jeno F. Paulucci

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2009
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

2009
Dominick J. Argento

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2008
Ann Bancroft

Doctor of Laws

UM - Duluth

2008
James R. Campbell

Doctor of Laws

Carlson School of Management

2008
Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

2008
Richard H. Carmona

Doctor of Laws

School of Public Health

2008
Jack Dangermond

Doctor of Science

College of Design / College of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resource Sciences / College of Liberal Arts / Institute of Technology / Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

2008
Tarja K. Halonen

Doctor of Laws

UM - Duluth

2008
Florence Knoll Bassett

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Design

2008
Osmo Vänskä

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2008
John William Vessey Jr.

Doctor of Laws

School of Dentistry

2008

Maya Angelou

Doctor of Humane Letters

School of Nursing

2007

Mohamed Benaissa

Doctor of Laws

System Academic Administration/International Programs

2007

Gerald B. Bubis

Doctor of Laws

College of Education and Human Development

2007

Luella Gross Goldberg

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Foundation

2007

Geir H. Haarde

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts/International Programs

2007

Sir Paul M. Nurse

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2007

Beatrice Luoma Ojakangas

Doctor of Humane Letters

UM-Duluth

2007

Norman J. Ornstein

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

2007

David Salmela

Doctor of Humane Letters

UM-Duluth

2007

Joseph L. White

Doctor of Laws

System Academic Administration

2007

Lu Yongxiang

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2007

James Brandenburg

Doctor of Humane Letters

UM-Duluth

2006

Elliot Cook Carter

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2006

James A. Johnson

Doctor of Laws

HHH Insititute of Public Affairs

2006

Gordon C. Marten

Doctor of Science

College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences

2006

Harry Oden

Doctor of Laws

UM-Duluth

2006

Fai-nan Perng

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2006

George Bugliarello

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2005

Merce Cunningham

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2005

Bruce B. Dayton

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2005

Bruce L. Laingen

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

2005

Richard Moe

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

2005

Ismail Serageldin

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2005

Tommy G. Thompson

Doctor of Laws

School of Public Health

2005

Hwei-Hsein Cheng

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences

2004

Yanni Chryssomallis

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts/Alumni Association

2004

Jorge Manuel Dengo-Obregon

Doctor of Laws

Institute of Technology

2004

Stanley S. Hubbard

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Art/General College

2004

John R. Jungck

Doctor of Science

 College of Biological Sciences

2004

Marcia K. McNutt

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2004

Roger D. Moe

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Crookston

2004

Dale R. Olseth

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Foundation

2004

Cesar Pelli

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

2004

Doraiswami Ramkrishna

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2004

Norman E. Shumway

Doctor of Science

Academic Health Center

2004

C. A. "Sy" Syvertson

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2004

Billy Taylor

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

2004

Abdoulaye Wade

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food  and Environmental Sciences

2004

Viviane Wade

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

2004

Dale Warland

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2004

Jiang Zhenghua

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts/China Center

2004

 

Charles J. Arntzen

 

Doctor of Science

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2003

Thomas Buergenthal

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2003

Elizabeth S. Close

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

2003

Claire M. Fraser

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2003

Donald A. Henderson

Doctor of Laws

School of Public Health

2003

Zenon Mroz

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2003

Archbishop Desmond Mplio Tutu

Doctor of Laws

College of Continuing Education

2003

David F. Zentner

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2003

William A. Bardeen

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2002

James I. Brown

Humane Letters

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2002

Margaret B. Davis

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2002

Rebecca F. Goldburg

Doctor of Laws

College of Biological Sciences

2002

Robert J. Gorlin

Doctor of Science

School of Dentistry

2002

Jeffrey A. Harvey

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2002

Louis J. lgnarro

Doctor of Science

Medical School/Pharmacology

2002

Winona LaDuke

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor's Office

2002

Matthew Little

Doctor of Laws

Office of the Vice President for Campus life

2002

J. R. Anthony Pearson

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2002

James Rosenquist

Doctor of Humane Letters

General College

2002

Donna E. Shalala

Doctor of Laws

College of Human Ecology

2002

Fred Sherman

Doctor of Science

Medical School

2002

August Wilson

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2002

Heinrich Beck

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2001

Russell M. Bennett II

Doctor of Laws

Law School

2001

Emilie Buchwald

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2001

A. W. Clausen

Doctor of Laws

Law School

2001

Morton M. Denn

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2001
Donald M. Fraser

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2001

Thomas L. Friedman

Doctor of Humane Letters

Office of University Relations

2001

Theodore V. Galambos

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2001

Jane Goodall

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2001

William J. Hadlow

Doctor of Science

College of Veterinary Medicine

2001

William D. Hawkland

Doctor of Laws

Law School

2001

Gerald W. Heaney

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2001

Prince Masahito Hitachi

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

2001

John L. Holland

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

2001

Johan Fjord Jensen

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2001

Ancel Keys

Doctor of Science

School of Public Health

2001

Gerhard Levy

Doctor of Science

College of Pharmacy

2001

Ronald L. Libertus

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

2001
Cheng-Hou Lou

Doctor of Science

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2001

Henry Maier

Doctor of Science

Medical School

2001

Paul E. Meehl

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

2001

Benjamin S. Pomeroy

Doctor of Science

College of Veterinary Medicine

2001
Antoine Predock

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

2001

James H. Prestegard

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2001

W. Harmon Ray

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2001

Lee R. Raymond

Doctor of Laws

Institute of Technology

2001

Andreas Acrivos

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2000

Norman A. Berg

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2000

Willard L. Boyd

Doctor of Laws

Law School

2000

Jane E. Brody

Doctor of Laws

School of Public Health

2000

Willard W. Cochrane

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

2000

Gerald M. Edelman

Doctor of Science

Medical School/Neuroscience

2000

Charles Fairhust

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

2000

Nelson D. Goldberg

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences/Medical School

2000

James L. Oberstar

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

2000

Robert J. Odegard

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2000

Carl T. Rowan

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

2000

John E. Coons

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

1999

Frank O. Gehry

 

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture/Weisman

1999

Beverly Goldfine

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

1999

Erwin L. Goldfine

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Duluth

1999

Eville Gorham

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

1999

Marie Manthey

Doctor of Laws

School of Nursing

1999

Gangzhi Tu

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1999

Madeleine K. Albright

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

1998

William K. Estes

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1998

William F. Hueg, Jr.

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

1998

Thomas H. Swain

Doctor of Laws

Alumni Association

1998

Wei Yu

Doctor of Laws

Institute of Technology

1998

Robert M. Berdahl

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1997

Muriel Humphrey Brown

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

1997

Humphrey Doermann

Doctor of Laws

University of Minnesota Morris

1997

Marian Wright Edelman

Doctor of Laws

College of Education and Human Development

1997

Joan Adams Mondale

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

1997

Walter F. Mondale

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

1997

Paul D. Boyer

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

1996

Curtis L. Carlson

Doctor of Laws

Carlson School of Management

1996

Daniel H. Janzen

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

1996

Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1996

Jacob Lawrence

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1996

Joyce C. Lebra

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1996

Tang Peisong

Doctor of Science

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

1996

Kim Young Sam

Doctor of Laws

Academic Affairs/International Studies

1996

Harold W. Stevenson

Doctor of Science

College of Education and Human Development

1996

Yien-si Tsiang

Doctor of Laws

College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

1996

Herbert E. Wright, Jr.

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

1996

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

1995

Roland Dille

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Morris

1995

Ernst R. G. Ekert

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1995

Vernon B. Mountcastle

Doctor of Science

Medical School

1995

Winston R. Wallin

Doctor of Laws

Medical School

1995

Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Doctor of Laws

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

1994

Ruth Meyers

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Minnesota Duluth

1994

Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1994

Charles Schulz

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1994

Frank Thistlewaite

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1994

David Cox

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1993

M. Joycelyn Elders

Doctor of Science

Medical School

1993
Edward Lewis

Doctor of Science

College of Biological Sciences

1993
Ednor M. Rowe

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1993

Michael L. Rutter

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1993

Joseph M. Juran

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1992

Meridel LeSueur

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1992

David Zinman

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1991

Martin Friedman

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1990
Lester C. Krogh

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1990
Adam Michnik

Doctor of Laws

College of Liberal Arts

1990

Robert A. Good

Doctor of Science

Medical School

1989
Harold G. Scheie

Doctor of Arts and Letters

Medical School

1989
Lewis Thomas

Doctor of Science

Medical School

1989

Earl E. Bakken

Doctor of Science

Medical School

1988
Lester Breslow

Doctor of Science

Medical School/School of Public Health

1988

Daniel J. Anderson

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1987
Max M. Kampelman

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1987
Sandra Day O'Connor

Doctor of Laws

Law School

1987

Robert Penn Warren

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1987

John B. Carroll

Doctor of Science

College of Liberal Arts

1986
Homer Hagstrum

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1986
Jean Howard Hagstrum

Docotor of Arts and Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1986
Francis Pettijohn

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1986

Neal R. Amundson

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1985
John William Ward

Doctor of Humane Letters

Graduate School

1985
E.W. Ziebarth

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1985

Joseph Valasek

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1983

Elmer L. Andersen

Docotor of Laws

School of Management

1982
Norman E. Borlaug

Doctor of Science

College of Agriculture

1982
John A. Butler

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Education

1982

Jay Phillips

Doctor of Humanities

Medical School

1981

Alfred O. C. Nier

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1980

Sigurd Ferdinand Olson

Doctor of Humane Letters 1979

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Doctor of Musical Arts 1979

Warren E. Burger

Doctor of Laws

Law School

1978
Walter F. Mondale

Doctor of Laws

1978

Roy Wilkins

Doctor of Laws 1976

John Bardeen

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1973

Harold E. Stassen

Doctor of Laws 1972

John H. Van Vleck

Doctor of Science 1971

Melvin Calvin

Doctor of Science 1969

Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Doctor of Laws

Law School

1966
Frederick Russell Kappel

Doctor of Engineering

Institute of Technology

1966

James Patrick Shannon

Doctor of Humane Letters 1966

Robert R. Gilruth

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1962
Laurence M. Gould

Doctor of Laws

Institute of Technology

1962

James Lewis Morrill

Doctor of Law 1962

Farrington Daniels

Doctor of Science 1959

Gunnar H. Nordbye

Doctor of Laws 1959

Walter H. Brattain

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1957

Edward W. Davis

Doctor of Science

Institute of Technology

1956

Frederick L. Hovde

Doctor of Laws 1956

Russell A. Plimpton

Master of Arts 1956

Carls F. Hellstrom

Master of Arts 1955

Solon J. Buck

Doctor of Laws

Library

1954

John E. Dahlquist

Master of Arts 1954

Stanley Raymond Mickelsen

Master of Arts 1954

Robert Newton

Doctor of Science 1954

Elvin C. Stakman

Doctor of Science 1954

Everett Fraser

Doctor of Laws

Law School

1951

Elmer Edgar Stoll

Doctor of Humane Letters 1950

Thomas Poe Cooper

Doctor of Science

College of Agriculture

1949

Gregg Manners Sinclair

Doctor of Laws 1949

Edward F. Waite

Doctor of Science 1949

Herman Haupt Chapman

Doctor of Science 1947

Arville Irving Levorsen

Doctor of Science 1947

Walter C. Coffey

Doctor of Science

College of Agriculture

1946
Guy Stanton Ford

Doctor of Humane Letters

College of Liberal Arts

1946

Andrew Boss

Doctor of Science 1945

Donald J. Cowling

Doctor of Laws 1945

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Doctor of Music 1943

Charles P. Berkey

Doctor of Science 1940

Thomas S. Roberts

Doctor of Science 1940

Fred B. Snyder

Doctor of Laws 1940

Louis B. Wilson

Doctor of Science 1940

F. Melius Christiansen

Doctor of Music 1937

Frederick May Eliot

Doctor of Laws 1937

Henry Johnson

Doctor of Laws 1937

Ada Comstock

Doctor of Laws 1936

Sister Antonia McHugh

Doctor of Laws 1936

Elbert L. Carpenter

Doctor of Music

College of Liberal Arts

1935

Charles Horace Mayo

Doctor of Laws 1935

William James Mayo

Doctor of Laws 1935

Gratia Countryman

Master of Arts

College of Liberal Arts

1932

Frank B. Kellogg

Doctor of Laws 1931

George Edgar Vincent

Doctor of Laws 1931

William Watts Folwell

Doctor of Laws 1925

(updated February 16, 2010)

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