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Honorary Degrees | Commencement

1839 Thomas Walker Fry
William D. Griswold
Hosea Dayton Humphreys
William M. Steward
1843 Tilghman Ashrust Howard
Elipha White
1845 Lucien Barbour
Gustavus F. Goss
1848 Tryon Edwards
1850 Ryland Thomas Brown
Charles Nathan Lee
Thomas Ebenezer Thomas
1851 Alfred Hains
Milton B. Starr
1852 Joshua Reynolds
1853 Charles Butler
Joshua Reynolds
1854 Joshua F. Leavitt
William T. Sprole
1858 William Hanna Thomson
William McClure Thomson
1859 Barnabas Cofin Hobbs
Charles Billing Smith
1860 John Gerish
Theodore W. McCoy
1863 Oscar Valentine Tousley
1864 Thomas Wickes
1866 D. P. Baldwin
Elisha Ballentine
T.M. Dawson
James Spilman
Albert A. Sturgess
1867 Conrad Baker
George M. Grubbs
Henry Little
Thomas J. Morgan
1868 Augustus T. Norton
Alexander Parker
R.S. Ragan
Albert Thomas
Charles L. Thomas
Horace D. Thomas
1869 John Charles Black
James Frazer
Robert C. Gregory
1870 Henry Beeebee Carington
Albert F. White
1871 Francis S. McCabe
William A. McCorkle
Richard Owen
Joseph J. Reynolds
1872 Daniel Pratt Baldwin
Lewellyn J. Evans
Samuel B. Gookins
1873 John F. Kendall
1874 William P. Black
Morgan Alfred Ellis
James F. Gookins
George W. Holmes
Chester G. Thomson
1875 Israel W. Andrews
1876 Michael Brown
Oscar A. Hills
William Payne
1877 William C. Falconer
Edward John Hamilton
1878 William C. Dickinson
James Omelvena
1879 John Collett
1881 Robert W. Allen
E. Howard Cowan
Samuel L. Ensminger
Bayless W. Hanna
Warren H. Ristine
James P. Stratton
Harvey L. VanNuys
Lewis Wallace
1882 Albert A. Sturgess
1883 George H. Fullerton
Walter Quintin Gresham
Robert Gibson McNiece
Alfred R. Orton
Eben R. Palmer
John Stafford
David E. Beach
James C. Branyan
Henry S. Little
Frank M. Wiles
1885 Frank Bailey
Augustus Hart Carrier
Abraham J. Dipboye
1886 William Craig
1887 Abram Piatt Andrew
Joseph Collett
Leland M. Gilleland
Matthias Loring Haines
William Patterson Kane
R. E. McDaniel
Samuel Cary Stimson
William H. Ward
1888 John B. Donaldson
William F. Goss
1889 Robert J. Cunningham
Robert Jeffrey
Lewis Henry Jones
Augustus P. Keil
Stuart MacKibbin
John William Perrin
Joseph N. Rose
1890 Robert F. Coyle
C. E. Dickinson
Henry B. Sayler
Robert Brown Stimson
William H. Williamson
W.M. Wishard
1891 George W. Barlow
Joseph Eastman
1892 Edwin P. Hammond
Charles Harvey Little
1893 John Edwards Chapin
James Wilson Simpson
Otis Alexander Smith
Joseph B. Swain
1894 Charles Matthias McCabe
1895 John Watson Foster
William A. Ketcham
John McNulta
George E. Martin
Henry Levi Nave
Everett Burbridge Thomson
1896 Solomon Cravens Dickey
Theodore Livings
James Flynn Stutesman
1897 Daniel Roberts Brower
James Beebee Carrington
John Coburn
Joseph M. Cravens
Elbert J. Dukes
Hugh Henry Hanna
James G. Jenkins
George Daniel McCulloch
John Franklin McCulloch
Henry Zwingli McLain
Fred R. Rosebro
Henry Goodwin Smith
Henry Lane Wilson
1898 John Harris Baker
Henry E. Bard
Melvin Amos Brannon
John Edward Cleland
Berry Steward Crebs
Francis Morton Fox
Daniel Dickey Hains
Howard Maxwell
Robert Bruce Spilman
Harry Lin Starr
Levi Luther Todd
1899 Jesse Oscar Green
Reuben H. Hartley
John Thomas Henderson
Arthur Albert McCain
William W. Morrow
Charles D. Pulliam
Hiram Hall Ruston
Will E. Willis
1900 John Ottis Adams
Louis Perkins Cain
Hugh Henry Hanna
William Henry Leach
Asa Henry Morton
Finley Pogue Mount
James Atwell Mount
James Peter Roth
J. Cumming Smith
Theodore C. Steele
Clarence D. Stevens
Robert Montgomery Stevenson
Maurice Thompson
1901 Albert J. Alexander
Louis Howland
Meredith Nicholson
Thomas MacDonald Patterson
Harold Taylor
Edwin Peck Thomson
William Stewart Young
1902 John Allen Blair
Henry Bernard Cooper
Joseph Rius Eastman
Edgar H. Evans
Harry Millikan Fine
Hugh T. Gary
Victor W. Hedgepeth
Arthur A. Hughard
David Newton Kingery
Henry Little
Edwin A. McNutt
Edgar D. Randolph
Frederick Todd Steele
Herbert Thomson
John Chauncey Van Nuys
Walter L. VanNuys
Eben Harry Wolcott
Clarence Melvin Zener
1903 Daniel Pratt Baldwin
Elias Compton
James Thomas Cooter
Thomas C. Day
Charles Fleming Embee
Henry Edmund Greene
Edwin Augustus Grosvenor
Louis Howland
John A. Little
Frank Nelson Palmer
James Whitcomb Riley
Otho Sylvester Thornberry
Robert Nathaniel Todd
Charles R. Williams
John A. Wilson
John G. Wishard
1904 Wilbur Cortz Abbott
Elliott Wilber Brown
George F. Edenharter
Chase Harding
Meville E. Ingalls
William Allen McBeth
William Evert Vanderbilt
Samuel Lawrence Ward
Raymond Eugene Willis
Lozier Dan Yount
1905 Morland Boyd Binford
Walter Wilson Chipman
Campbell Francis Coyle
Thomas Alexander Davis
James Madison Douglas
John Elsworth Groenendyke
James A. Hart
William Manson Jennings
Harry Wilson Little
Frank Potter McNutt
George Thomas Moore
Joseph Newton Tillet
Harry Stringham Wedding
Clarence Hall Wilson
1906 George C. Ashman
Edward Price Bell
Robert Morton Brockman
Arthurt Davie Cunninham
Thomas B. Eastman
Robert Barcley Miller
Paris Philemon Thomas
Edward VonTobel
1907 Albert Barnes Anderson
Judson Arrick
Louis Perkins Cain
Joseph D. Condit
Hugh Henry Herdman
Horace Carter Hovey
William Mason Jennings
James Henry Jordan
John S. McFaddin
Neil D. McPherson
George A. Mackintosh
David R. Major
Charles White Merrill
Leander John Monks
Meredith Nicholson
Harry Nyce
John H. Oliver
Orange G. Pfaff
Carl Seward Reed
Harry Rogers Stark
Mason Blanchard Thomas
John Lockwood Wilson
1908 Francis William Chrisney
Charles Elmer Crockett
Francis Morton Fox
Frank H. Given
Charles Douglas Herron
Walter Edwards King
James Lawrence Lardner
Henry Herbert McClure
Alvah Taylor Martin
Hugo O. Pantzer
John M. Ristine
James McCann Stoddard
Oscar Parson Welborn
1909 Benjamin F. Armbruster
George Clements
Homer Davidson
Michael Emmett Foley
Thomas Riley Marshall
Arthur Barlett Milford
Harry N. Mount
E. C. Reyer
Ben F. Ristine
Landon Cabell Rose
1910 Frank C. Hood
Henry Little
Albert Duy Thomas
Miki Karasawa Yamaguchi
1911 Charles H. Little
Owen Davies Odell
1912 Alexander Gilchrist
John Thomas Anderson
Charles Washington Moore
1913 John Allen Blair
Frederick A. Clarke
Hugh T. Gary
Ernest G. Hildner
Walter Johnston
Charles Augustus Tuttle
1914 Edward Clippinger
1915 James P. Goodrich
Edward Jay Rice
Otho Sylvester Thornberry
William Everet Vanderbilt
1916 John H. Holliday
Charles Claude Travis
1917 Arthur Judson Brown
Walter Finney Eagleson
James P. Goodrich
William M. Herschel
1918 Oscar Armstrong Hills
John Milton Mills
Herbert Thomson
1919 Adoniram Judson Arrick
Edward Price Bell
Carroll Ragan
1920 Charles Calvin Dean
Ezra Allen Van Nuys
1921 Edward H. Kistler
Jonas O. Notestein
Augustus Whitman Soone
1922 Wilbur Cortez Abbott
Kenesaw M. Landis
Lee L. Driver
James Ristine Frazier
1923 John Cole Fry
Gustav A. Papperman
James Albert Woodburn
Hugh McMaster Kingery
1924 John Robertson McMahon
William Wood Parsons
Erasmus Darwin Thomas
1925 Robert Worth Frank
Joseph Nelson Rose
1926 Clarence Gordon Campbell
Joseph Rilus Eastman
George W. Hall
Thomas Benjamin Noble
1927 Frank Moody Mills
Edwin Meade Robinson
Louis Wiley
Melvine Vern Oggel
1928 William Firmend Shirley
Ernest Vernon Smith
Herbert Edwin Hawkes
Evans Woollen
George Arthur Frantz
1929 Hewitt Hanson Howland
William Delbert Frankhouser
Linnaeus Neal Hines
Garfield Bromley Oxam
1930 Joseph Howard McBroom
Emerson E. Ballard
Samuel James Record
Joseph Marshall Cravens
Hugh McKennan Landon
Albert George Parker
Theodore Harmond Ristine
Henry Lane Wilson
Shokichi Hata
1931 Ralph Brownell Dennis
Herbert Hice Whetzel
Donald Bishop Prentice
Albert Craig Baird
Albert Emile LeRoy
Joseph Armstrong
Oakel Fowler Hall
Frederic Todd Steele
1932 Donald Bishop Prentice
Albert Emile Leroy
Joseph Armstrong
Oakel Fowler Hall
Frederic Todd Steele
1933 John B. Steward Farrell
Frank Humphrey Ristine
1935 Robert Naylor Whitford
Ezra Vernon Hahn
Stanley Carnaghan Hughes
1936 Frederick Rich Henshaw
Bernard Campbell Gavit
Carleton Buel McCulloch
Rufus Cutter Dawes
1937 David Laurence Chambers
Frank Bertram Wade
Paul Clifford Stretson
Charles Douglas Herron
1938 Robert Edward Vaughn
Richard Lieber
James Harry Cotton
George Henry Alexandr Clowes
Clyde Everett Wildman
Eli Lilly
William Lowe Bryan
1939 William Renwick Graham
Ronald DuShane
Harry Kelso Eversull
Reginald Hall Sullivan
1940 John Gaylord Coulter
Thomas Love Stovall
William Cullen Dennis
William Harrison Hays
1941 William Henry Spaulding
Clyde Harrison Chase
Herver Ganse Little
Lee McCanliss
1942 George Valentine Kendall
Elmer Davis
Herman B. Wells
1943 Wilson Egbert Donaldson
John Laurence Prentice
DeWitt Schuyler Morgan
Byron Price
1945 James Mount Nicely
1947 Robert Clarence Baltzell
Samuel Seabury
1949 Emery Andrew Ravenstine
Eugene Collins Pulliam
Pierre Frist Goodrich
1950 James Bert Garner
Maurice O'Rear Ross
Arthur Graham Glasglow
1951 Glenn Albert Black
Yi Pao Mei
1952 John Ditmarz Van Nuys
Stewart William Hartfelter
Russell J. Humbert
1953 Norman E. Treves
Joseph E. Cain
Lesemuel Ray Hesler
Charles Jackson Lynn
1954 Parrish Fuller
David W. Peck
1955 Edgar Clay Britton
Richard Ainslie Kirchoffer
Ivan Lester Wiles
1956 James Lowry Clifford
Frank Hugh Sparks
Charles Franklin Kettering
1957 Francis William Hisch
Harold Spears
1958 Joseph Haroutunian Doctor of Divinity
Graham Phillips DuShane Doctor of Laws
James Herron Halsey Doctor of Laws
1959 J. R. Schramm Doctor of Science
Eugene N. Beesley Doctor of Laws
Ludwig Erhard Doctor of Laws
1960 Dan H. Campbell Doctor of Science
Richard D. Weigle Doctor of Laws
John G. DeKruyter Doctor of Divinity
Garlord Donnelley* Doctor of Laws
1961 Paul E. Million Doctor of Divinity
Joseph J. Daniels Doctor of Laws
Richard E. Banta Doctor of Literature
John P. Collett Doctor of Laws
1962 Dean Rusk Doctor of Laws
Sir Steven Ruciman Doctor of Divinity
Otto Paul Kretzman Doctor of Laws
Richard S. Schreiber Doctor of Science
1963 Walter R. Sharp
Lawrence H. Gipson Doctor of Laws
Paul C. Beaver Doctor of Science
John Allen Saunders Doctor of Humane Letters
1964 Landrum R. Bolling
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh
Clarence A. Jackson Doctor of Laws
Dean Rusk
Walter R. Sharp Doctor of Laws
1965 Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Doctor of Humane Letters
Landrum Bolling Doctor of Laws
Gaylord Donnelley Doctor of Laws
1966 Ray Ehrensberger Doctor of Laws
Frederic M. Hadley Doctor of Laws
O. C. Carmichael Doctor of Laws
1967 Stuart Guy Tipton Doctor of Laws
Charles D. LaFollette Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard U. Byerrum Doctor of Science
Warren W. Shearer Doctor of Laws
1968 Cleo W. Blackburn Doctor of Humane Letters
George Banta, Jr. Doctor of Laws
Phillip Boyd Doctor of Laws
Edmund F. Ball Doctor of Humane Letters
1969 William Hudnut III Doctor of Divinity
Abbie Man Sparks Doctor of Humane Letters
Bennett E. Kline Doctor of Laws
Lucian A. Smith, M.D, Doctor of Science
1970 William J. Haines Doctor of Science
Lloyd B. Howell Doctor of Science
John A. Logan Doctor of Science
Richard G. Lugar Doctor of Laws
1971 Richard O. Ristine Doctor of Laws
Peter Edson Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Charles S. Huneman Doctor of Laws
Herbert C. Morrison Doctor of Laws
1972 Albert M. Campbell Doctor of Laws
Neil C. Hutsinpillar Doctor of Humane Letters
William H. Hays, Jr. Doctor of Laws
J. Frederic Larson
1973 Willis H. Johnson Doctor of Science
Thomas Mastin Doctor of Science
Melvin Schoonover Doctor of Humane Letters
1974 William Yost Fulton Doctor of Laws
John Jeffery Auer Doctor of Humane Letters
Daniel X. Freeman Doctor of Science
Byron Pierce Hollett Doctor of Laws
1975 Alexander Elvin Jones Doctor of Laws
Virginia Beall Ball Doctor of Humane Letters
John P. Craine Doctor of Divinity
Cleon H. Foust Doctor of Laws
1976 Daniel Fraley Evans Doctor of Laws
August Henry Doermann Doctor of Science
Hudson Ralph Sours Doctor of Laws
1977 John Wilson Black Doctor of Humane Letters
David Salzer Broder Doctor of Laws
Donald Lauren Curtis Doctor of Science
Martin Marty Doctor of Divinity
1978 Harvey Lewis Carter Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward Lauth Haenisch Doctor of Science
John Edward Horner Doctor of Laws
A. Malcolm McVie, Jr. Doctor of Laws
1979 Hans Frei Doctor of Divinity
Harold Q. Fuller Doctor of Science
Benjamin Arnold Rogge Doctor of Humane Letters
1980 Thomas Wyatt Binford Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert S. Harvey Doctor of Humane Letters
Louis Spilman Doctor of Laws
Robert Wedgeworth Doctor of Humane Letters
1981 Thomas Creigh, Jr. Doctor of Laws
David Charles Gerard Doctor of Humane Letter
George Victor Campbell Morgan Powell1 Doctor of Humane Letters
1982 William Hickman Diddel Doctor of Humane Letters
James Marion Kirtley Doctor of Laws
Frank Perry Lloyd Doctor of Laws
John Frederick Charles2 Doctor of Literature
Charles Ainley Hammond2 Doctor of Divinity
Robert Throop Powers2 Doctor of Laws
1983 Harrison Eiteljorg Doctor of Humane Letters
Mitsuya Gota Doctor of Laws
Warren James Haas Doctor of Literature
Willis Paul Tippet Doctor of Laws
1984 Robert Eugene Allen Doctor of Laws
Herman Berg Doctor of Music
Mary Grace Ludwig Doctor of Humane Letters
Thaddeur Seymour Doctor of Laws
1985 Donald Bonnell Fobes Doctor of Laws
Watson McMillan Laetsch Doctor of Science
Robert Karl Winter3 Doctor of Humane Letters
1986 Walter Youshia Elisha Doctor of Humane Letters
James M. Gustafson Doctor of Divinity
John W. Ryan Doctor of Laws
1987 Otis Ray Owen Doctor of Laws
Wing-tsit Chan Doctor of Humane Letters
James W. Daniel Doctor of Science
James Lyman Keyes Doctor of Laws
Lewis Spencer Salter Doctor of Humane Letters
1988 Omer Hiram Foust L.H.D.
Thomas Allen Klingaman LL.D.
Jaroslav Pelikan Litt.D.
1989 George Paul McNichol D. Sc.
Millard Eugene Cloncs L.H.D.
John Henry Schroeder L.H.D.
Lee Herbert Hamilton LL.D.
1990 Robert Gayle Roeder D. Sc.
Jean J. Kirkpatrick*
Phillip Sawyer Wilder L.H.D.
John William Bachmann LL.D.
1991 Richard Earl Chapin4 L.H.D.
Richard De Gennaro4 L.H.D.
Wayne Clayson Booth L.H.D.
Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. LL.D.
Jean J. Kirkpatrick*
James Pierpont Comer D. Sc.
Ruth Lilly5 L.H.D.
1992 Randolph H. Deer L.H.D.
Charles William Goering LL.D.
Lee B. Jones D. Sc.
1993 David Wayne Cuschman Sc. D.
Peter Ferdinand Drucker LL.D.
Stephen Goldsmith LL.D.
Joseph Irwin Miller L.H.D.
David Nathaniel Baker, Jr.6 L.H.D.
Floyd Willis Colemen6 L.H.D.
Thomas Van Veit6 L.H.D.
1994 Charles L. Bowerman LL.D.
Thomas A. Hays LL.D.
Stanley H. Huntsman LL.D.
1995 Raymond Leppard D.M.
Robert Wood Lynn D.D.
Emmanuel G. Olawale Rotimi L.H.D.
Daniel Joseph Simmons L.H.D.
William Jewell Stout LL.D.
1996 Richard D. Cudahy LL.D.
Paul Caylor McKinney L.H.D.
Nathan A. Scott, Jr. D.D.
1997 Robert Worth Frank, Jr. L.H.D.
Carlen Anderson Hills LL.D.
Mead C. Killion Sc. D.
1998 Victor G. Rosenblum LL.D.
Ronald F. Thiemann L.H.D.
Helen Hennessy Vendler L.H.D.
Paul Theodore Mielke7 Sc. D.
1999 James K. Baker LL.D.
Sarah Evans Barker LL. D.
2000 John McCormick Buchanan LL.D.
George Flaming Jones '55 LL.D.
Martha C. Nussbaum L.H.D.
2001 James T. Morris8 LL.D.
K. Donald Shelbourne8 M.D. Sc. D.
Randall T. Tobias8 LL.D.
Thomas M. Lofton LL.D.
La Verne E. Newsome L.H.D.
Judith A. O'Bannon L.H.D.
2002 Donald V. Fites L.H.D.
Frank Galati L.H.D.
David William Tracy L.H.D.
2003 James Alan Henderson LL.D.
B. Joseph White L.H.D.
Ralph G. Yount Sc. D.
Charles A. Miller '499 Sc. D.
Stephen H. Randak '679 Sc. D.
Thomas McCoy Roberts '709 Sc. D.
2004 James Edward Benecke, Jr. M.D., Sc. D.
Richard James Wood L.H.D.
2005 Alecia A. DeCoudreaux LL. D.
Lee S. Schulman L.H.D.
2006 Bruce Roland Baker '65 L.H.D.
Alexander A. Miller '71 L.H.D.
Andrew Thomas Ford H'03 L.H.D.
2007 Russell L. Nichols, Jr. '63 LL. D.
Raymond Brady Williams H'68 D. D.
2008 Joseph D. Barnette, Jr. '61 LL.D.
Earl L. Johnson '38 LL. D.
Tim O'Brien L.H.D.
2009 Reverend Edward A. Malloy C.S.C., D. D.
N. Clay Robbins '79 LL. D.
Max E. Servies '58 L.H.D.
2010 William Robert 'Bill' Cook '66 L.H.D.
David Evan Kendall '66 LL.D.
Will Shortz L.H.D.
2011 Robert Charles '59 L.H.D.
Governer Mitch Daniels, Jr. LL. D.
Dr. Walter E. Massey Sc. D.
2012 Stephen G. Miller L.H.D.
Randall T. Shepard LL.D.
2013 Geoffrey W. Coates '89 Sc. D.
Craig Richard Dykstra L.H.D.
Dean F. Reynolds '70 L.H.D.
Patrick E. White L.H.D.
2014 Stephen L. Ferguson '63 L.H.D.
David Warren Givens '55 L.H.D.
David J. Lahey '60 L.H.D.
2015 Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. L.H.D.
John E. Fischer H '70 L.H.D.
2016 Susan W. Brooks L.H.D.
Thomas J. Brooks '85 L.H.D.
2017 Stephen S. Bowen '68 L.H.D.
John L. Myers '74 L.H.D.
David N. Shane '70 L.H.D.
2018 John N. Fox, Jr. '66 L.H.D.
Remington A. Johnston III '55 L.H.D.
John C. Schroeder '69 L.H.D.
2019 Mauri A. Ditzler L.H.D.
Robert H. Johnson L.H.D.
2020 No In Person Commencement, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
2021 Melissa Ann Butler L.H.D.
Gregory Dawson Hess L.H.D.