Recipient Honorary Degree Conferred 
Christine Brewer Doctor of Arts and Letters December 15, 2018
Paul T. Thiel Doctor of Arts and Letters December 15, 2018
Richard K. Jung Doctor of Humane Letters December 15, 2018
Thomas F. Schlafly Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 2018
Vincent C. Schoemehl, Jr.  Doctor of Humane Letters May 12, 2018
Robert Norfolk Doctor of Humane Letters May 12, 2018
Freeman A. Hrabowski Doctor of Humane Letters January 15, 2018
Gary F. Bell Doctor of Arts and Letters December 16, 2017
Tessa Trelz Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2017
George Paz Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2017
Thomas Hoerr Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2017
Rosalie Brasch Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2017
Bill McClellan Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 2017
Sara E. Foster Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 2017
John Vatterott Doctor of Humane Letters December 17, 2016
Judge Brenda Stith Loftin (Ret.) Doctor of Humane Letters December 17, 2016
Norman Eaker Doctor of Humane Letters December 17, 2016
Faith Sandler Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2016
Chris Krehmeyer Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2016
Leanna Depue Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2016
Don Marsh Doctor of Arts and Letters August 8, 2015
Robert J. Baer Doctor of Humane Letters August 8, 2015
Maxine Clark Doctor of Humane Letters in Education May 17, 2015
Gladys Caines Coggswell Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2015
Robert G. Heil Doctor of Music and Technology December 20, 2014
Keith B. Guller Doctor of Commerce August 9, 2014
Elizabeth Gentry Sayad Doctor of Arts and Letters May 17, 2014
Gary S. Jacob Doctor of Science May 17, 2014
Patrick H. Gadell Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2014
James E. Westbury Doctor of Arts and Letters  May 18, 2014
Benjamin Uchitelle Doctors of Humane Letters May 18, 2014
Susan Uchitelle Doctors of Humane Letters May 18, 2014
Steven F. Schankman Doctor of Humane Letters December 14, 2013
Carol J. Valenta Doctor of Humane Letters December 14, 2013
David Hilliard Doctor of Humane Letters August 10, 2013
Nicholas Karakas Doctor of Humane Letters May 18, 2013
Will D. Carpenter Doctor of Science May 18, 2013
Elizabeth "Beth" Fitzgerald Doctor of Arts and Letters December 15, 2012
Harry W. Orf Doctor of Science December 15, 2012
Gary W. Stangler Doctor of Humane Letters December 15, 2012
Jean Carnahan Doctor of Humane Letters August 4, 2012
Henry Givens Jr. Doctor of Arts and Letters May 13, 2012
Tom Sullivan Doctor of Humane Letters   May 12, 2012
Patricia B. Wolff, MD Doctor of Humane Letters May 12, 2012
Michael Uthoff Doctor of Fine Arts August 6, 2011
David Robertson Doctor of Music May 14, 2011
Rita Colwell Doctor of Science May 14, 2011
Sr. Mary Antona Ebo Doctor of Humane Letters December 18, 2010
Norman R. Seay Doctor of Humane Letters December 18, 2010
Thomas Engelhardt Doctor of Arts and Letters May 15, 2010
Philip H. Loughlin III Doctor of Arts and Letters December 19, 2009
Nancy Kranzberg Doctor of Humane Letters December 19, 2009
Kenneth Kranzberg Doctor of Humane Letters December 19, 2009
Eric Schaps Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2009
Susan Salesky Rudin Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2009
Marylen Mann Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 2009
Esley Ian Hamilton Doctor of Arts and Letters May 16, 2009
Earl Elmer Bakken Doctor of Humane Letters August 2, 2008
Martin Duggan Doctor of Arts and Letters May 10, 2008
Mildred Winter Doctor of Humane Letters May 11, 2008
Anthony (Tony) La Russa Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters December 15, 2007
Charles Thal Doctor of Humane Letters December 15, 2007
David Halen Doctor of Music May 12, 2007
John Lutz Doctor of Arts & Letters May 12, 2007
Robert Frank Doctor of Humane Letters December 17, 2006
The Honorable Wayne Goode Doctor of Laws August 6, 2006
Joe Edwards Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 2006
Priscilla R. McDonnell Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2006
Allen Shopmaker Doctor of Humane Letters August 7, 2005
Helen S. Shopmaker Doctor of Humane Letters August 7, 2005
Leo Drey Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 2005
Mary Ann Lee Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 2005
Sandra VanTrease Doctor of Arts & Letters May 16, 2004
Ahmed Kathrada Doctor of Humane Letters January 10, 2004
Robert R. Hermann Doctor of Humane Letters January 10, 2004
William C. (Bill) Wilson Doctor of Humane Letters January 10, 2004
John W. Barriger IV Doctor of Arts & Letters August 10, 2003
Martin Matthews Doctor of Humane Letters August 10, 2003
Sister Mary Jean Ryan Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2003
Robert W. Spencer Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2003
S. Lee Kling Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 2003
Harriett Woods Doctor of Laws January 12, 2003
Seigo Arai Doctor of Arts & Letters January 12, 2003
Stuart Symington Jr. Doctor of Laws August 11, 2002
William Warfield (posthumously) Doctor of Music August 11, 2002
William L. Clay Doctor of Laws May 18, 2002
Theodore C. Wetterau Doctor of Humane Letters January 13, 2002
Whitney Harris Doctor of Humane Letters August 12, 2001
Michael M. Sears Doctor of Science August 12, 2001
David C. Darnell Doctor of Humane Letters May 19, 2001
Robert W. McKnight Doctor of Arts & Letters May 19, 2001
W. Randolph Adams Doctor of Arts & Letters January 14, 2001
Ellen Sherberg Doctor of Arts & Letters August 6, 2000
Adam Aronson Doctor of Arts & Letters May 20, 2000
Judith Aronson Doctor of Arts & Letters May 20, 2000
Alyn Essman Doctor of Arts & Letters May 20, 2000
Marlyn Essman Doctor of Arts & Letters May 20, 2000
John W. Bachmann Doctor of Arts & Letters January 9, 2000
Claude Baker (posthumously) Doctor of Arts & Letters August 8, 1999
Raymond C. Burton Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1999
Peter Fanchi Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1999
James Burke Doctor of Arts & Letters January 10, 1999
Robert Archibald Doctors of Arts & Letters August 9, 1998
Brian Mulroney Doctor of Laws May 16, 1998
The Honorable Sue S. Shear Doctor of Laws May 16, 1998
Richard C. Fleming Doctor of Laws January 11, 1998
John Hume Doctor of Laws January 11, 1998
Osborne (Ozzie) Smith Doctor of Humane Letters August 10, 1997
JoAnn Harmon Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 1997
John Jacob Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 1997
Bruce Coppock Doctor of Music January 12, 1997
Horace Wilkins Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters August 11, 1996
Charles MacKay Doctor of Music May 18, 1996
John Francis Dill Doctor of Humane Letters January 14, 1996
John L. Mason Doctor of Humane Letters January 14, 1996
Julius Hunter Doctor of Arts & Letters August 6, 1995
Fred L. Brown Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 1995
James H. Buford Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 1995
E. Desmond Lee Doctor of Humane Letters January 8, 1995
Patricia C. McKissack Doctor of Arts & Letters August 7, 1994
Frederick L. McKissack Doctor of Arts & Letters August 7, 1994
Honorable Neil Molloy Doctor of Laws August 7, 1994
The Honorable Robert Young Doctor of Laws August 7, 1994
Edith Cunnane Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1994
Benjamin F. Edwards III Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1994
Charles H. Hoessle Doctor of Science January 9, 1994
Yien-si Tsiang Doctor of Laws January 9, 1994
Ronald Himes Doctor of Fine Arts August 8, 1993
Joseph R. Thomas Doctor of Humane Letters August 8, 1993
Steven Woolf Doctor of Fine Arts August 8, 1993
Lord Asa Briggs Doctor of Arts & Letters May 16, 1993
Alfred Fleishman Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 1993
Donald M. Suggs, DDS Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 1993
Eugene M. Lang Doctor of Humane Letters January 10, 1993
Muriel Nezhnie Helfman Doctor of Fine Arts August 9, 1992
Helen E. Nash, MD Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 1992
Colin Graham Doctor of Fine Arts May 17, 1992
David W. Kemper Doctor of Humane Letters January 5, 1992
Marian O. Oldham Doctor of Humane Letters January 5, 1992
Andrew B. Craig III Doctor of Humane Letters May 12, 1991
Gyo Obata Doctor of Fine Arts May 12, 1991
Margaret Bush Wilson Doctor of Humane Letters May 12, 1991
Andrew E. Neuman Doctor of Humane Letters January 6, 1991
Peggy A. Neuman Doctor of Humane Letters January 6, 1991
Ruth A. Bryant Doctor of Humane Letters August 5, 1990
Stanley Pace Doctor of Humane Letters August 5, 1990
Stephen Jay Gould Doctor of Science May 13, 1990
Bobby McFerrin Doctor of Music May 13, 1990
Robert McFerrin Doctor of Music May 13, 1990
Robert C. West Doctor of Engineering May 13, 1990
Tom K. Smith Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 1990
William E. Cornelius Doctor of Humane Letters January 7, 1990
Willie Mae Ford Smith Doctor of Humane Letters August 6, 1989
Emily Rauh Pulitzer Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 1989
Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters May 14, 1989
Jackie Joyner Kersee Doctor of Humane Letters January 8, 1989
Harvey Saligman Doctor of Humane Letters January 8, 1989
Lynn R. Broeder Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1988
Richard J. Mahoney Doctor of Laws May 15, 1988
John R. Weber Doctor of Humane Letters January 3, 1988
Sister Patricia Ann Kelley Doctor of Humane Letters January 3, 1988
Katherine Dunham Doctor of Fine Arts May 10, 1987
Lee M. Liberman Doctor of Humane Letters May 10, 1987
The Rev. William G. Gillespie Doctor of Laws January 4, 1987
Daniel Schlafly Doctor of Humane Letters January 4, 1987
Jack Buck Doctor of Humane Letters August 3, 1986
Ntozake Shange Doctor of Humane Letters May 11, 1986
Judge Ann Quill Niederlander Doctor of Laws January 5, 1986
Sanford N. McDonnell Doctor of Laws August 4, 1985
John Payne Roberts Doctor of Laws August 4, 1985
Mary Burnett Strauss Doctor of Fine Arts May 12, 1985
Leon R. Strauss Doctor of Laws May 12, 1985
Robert Hyland Doctor of Laws May 12, 1985
Max Starkloff Doctor of Humane Letters January 6, 1985
Charles Menees Doctor of Humane Letters August 5, 1984
Stanley Frank Musial Doctor of Laws May 13, 1984
Richard Gaddes Doctor of Fine Arts January 8, 1984
Ben H. Wells Doctor of Humane Letters July 31, 1983
Katherine Gladney Wells Doctor of Humane Letters July 31, 1983
DeVerne Lee Calloway Doctor of Laws May 15, 1983
Manfred Rommel Doctor of Humane Letters January 9, 1983
Howard F. Baer Doctor of Humane Letters August 1, 1982
Noah Weinstein Doctor of Humane Letters August 1, 1982
Howard Nemerov Doctor of Humane Letters May 16, 1982
Eric P. Newman Doctor of Humane Letters December 20, 1981
Evelyn Edison Newman Doctor of Humane Letters December 20, 1981
Leonard Slatkin Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 1981
Julia Davis Doctor of Humane Letters May 17, 1981
Jessie L. Ternberg Doctor of Science May 17, 1981
Irving Dilliard Doctor of Laws December 21, 1980
Sr. Marie Charles Buford Doctor of Laws August 3, 1980
Nesby Moore Doctor of Laws August 3, 1980
Grace Bumbry Doctor of Humane Letters May, 1980
Richard Dudman Doctor of Laws August, 1979
William L. Hungate Doctor of Laws August, 1979 
Morton D. May Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 1979
Marjorie Wolcott May Doctor of Humane Letters May 13, 1979
Margaret Drey Freund Doctor of Humane Letters January 7, 1979
Theodore McMillian Doctor of Humane Letters August 6, 1978
Donald P. Ames Doctor of Laws May 14, 1978
Ernest Tino Trova Doctor of Humane Letters January 8, 1978
John Francis McDermott Doctor of Humane Letters August 7, 1977
Emily Hahn Doctor of Humane Letters May 15, 1977
Charles F. Knight Doctor of Laws May 16, 1976
Richard Mantia Doctor of Laws May 16, 1976
Margaret Hickey Strubinger Doctor of Laws May 18, 1975
Frankie Muse Freeman Doctor of Laws May 18, 1975
Lawerence K. Roos Doctor of Laws January 5, 1975
William N. Eisendrath Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters May, 1974
Theodore D. McNeal Doctor of Laws May 17, 1973
Sol M. Linowitz Doctor of Laws May 18, 1972
Roy Wilkins Doctor of Humane Letters June 10, 1971
J. Martin Klotsche Doctor of Humane Letters June, 1970
Leonor K. Sullivan Doctor of Laws June, 1969
Preston Estep Doctor of Laws June 6, 1968
Joseph P. Cosand Doctor of Humane Letters June, 1967