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American University Honorary Degree Recipients 1916 - 2024

(All degrees are conferred honoris causa) 

Name Year Awarded Degree Received
Caroline Aaron, CAS/BA '74 2024 Doctor of Fine Arts
Kwame Alexander 2024 Doctor of Humane Letters
Michael S. Barr 2024 Doctor of Public Service
Sherrilyn Ifill 2024 Doctor of Laws
British A. Robinson 2024 Doctor of International Affairs
David M. Rubenstein 2024 Doctor of Humane Letters

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

2023 Doctor of Science
The Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson 2023 Doctor of Laws
Julie Kent 2023 Doctor of Fine Arts
Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. 2023 Doctor of Public Service
Adena T. Friedman 2023 Doctor of Humane Letters
Alice P. Albright 2023 Doctor of International Affairs
Theodore J. Leonsis 2023 Doctor of Humane Letters
Thasunda Brown Duckett 2022 Doctor of Humane Letters
Lisa Monaco 2022 Doctor of Laws
Ed O’Keefe 2022 Doctor of Humane Letters
Gina McCarthy 2022 Doctor of Public Service
Symone Sanders 2022 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 2022 Doctor of International Affairs
Dambisa Moyo 2022 Doctor of Humane Letters
James Brown 2022 Doctor of Humane Letters
Abby Phillip 2021 Doctor of Humane Letters
Jamin Raskin 2021 Doctor of Laws
Todd Park 2021 Doctor of Public Service
Andrea Mitchell 2020 Doctor of Humane Letters
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2020 Doctor of Humane Letters
Michael A. Nutter 2019 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Roger L. Gregory 2019 Doctor of Laws
General James L. Jones, Jr. 2019 Doctor of International Affairs
Roger W. Ferguson Jr 2019 Doctor of Laws
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2019 Doctor of Humane Letters
Adam Goodman 2019 Doctor of Humane Letters
Pam Kaufman 2019 Doctor of Humane Letters
Stacey Abrams 2019 Doctor of Laws
Helene D. Gayle 2018 Doctor of Science
Vanita Gupta 2018 Doctor of Laws
Anthony S. Fauci 2018 Doctor of Science
Robert Costa 2018 Doctor of Laws
Leymah Gbowee 2018 Doctor of International Affairs
Jeff Zients 2018 Doctor of Laws
Michael Kempner 2018 Doctor of Humane Letters
David S. Ferriero 2017 Doctor of Humane Letters
Bryan Stevenson 2017 Doctor of Laws
Lakhdar Brahimi 2017 Doctor of International Affairs
Carlos Carrazana 2017 Doctor of Laws
Patricia Q. Stonesifer 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Sir Howard Stringer 2017 Doctor of Humane Letters
Patricia de Stacy Harrison 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Carla D. Hayden 2016 Doctor of Humane Letters
The Honorable Loretta Lynch 2016 Doctor of Laws
Deborah F. Rutter 2016 Doctor of Fine Arts
John King 2016 Doctor of Laws
Raymond Chambers 2016 Doctor of International Affairs
Donna Harris 2016 Doctor of Laws
María Elena Salinas 2016 Doctor of Humane Letters
David J. Skorton 2015 Doctor of Laws
Thomas C. Goldstein 2015 Doctor of Laws
Robert F. Smith 2015 Doctor of International Affairs
Gary M. Abramson 2015 Doctor of Laws
Mark A. Weinberger 2015 Doctor of Laws
Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan 2015 Doctor of Science
Sheila C. Johnson 2015 Doctor of Humane Letters
William K. Reilly, Sr  2015 Doctor of Public Service
Judy Smith 2014 Doctor of Laws
Cecilia Muñoz 2014 Doctor of Public Service
Gwen Ifill 2014 Doctor of Laws
Paula Dobriansky 2014 Doctor of International Affairs
Paul Diaz 2014 Doctor of Laws
Katie Couric 2014 Doctor of Humane Letters
Harold Koh 2013 Doctor of Laws
Moisés Naím 2013 Doctor of International Affairs
Gary Veloric 2013 Doctor of Laws
Paul Farmer 2013 Doctor of Science
Darryl Frank 2013 Doctor of Humane Letters
Lisa P. Jackson  2013 Doctor of Public Service
Valerie Jarrett 2012 Doctor of Laws
G. Wayne Clough 2012 Doctor of Public Service
Erskine Bowles 2012 Doctor of Public Service
Rajiv Shah 2012 Doctor of International Affairs
Barbara J. Krumsiek 2012 Doctor of Laws
Thomas Curley 2012 Doctor of Humane Letters
Stephen N. Zack 2011 Doctor of Laws
Aaron S. Williams 2011 Doctor of International Affairs
Gene Sperling 2011 Doctor of Laws
Vera C. Rubin 2011 Doctor of Science
Bob Schieffer 2011 Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard Lugar  2011 Doctor of Public Service
Eric Holder 2010 Doctor of Laws
Janet Napolitano 2010 Doctor of Public Service
Donna E. Shalala 2010 Doctor of Public Service
Michelle Bachelet  2010 Doctor of International Affairs
Seth Goldman 2010 Doctor of Laws
Barbara Kopple 2010 Doctor of Humane Letters
Seth Waxman 2009  
John Prendergast 2009 Doctor of International Affairs
Lonnie G. Bunch III 2009 Doctor of Humane Letters
Susan Zirinsky 2009 Doctor of Humane Letters
Barney Frank  2009 Doctor of Public Service
Stephen Breyer 2008 Doctor of Laws
Ken Paulson 2008 Doctor of Letters
Sylvia Earle  2008 Doctor of Science
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.  2008 Doctor of Public Service
Mary Landrieu 2007 Doctor of Laws
David Walker 2007 Doctor of Public Service
Diane Rehm 2007 Doctor of Humane Letters
David Gregory 2007 Doctor of Humane Letters
Vanessa Ruiz 2006 Doctor of Laws
Paul Volcker 2006 Doctor of Public Service
Michael Kahn 2006 Doctor of Humane Letters
Donald Graham 2006 Doctor of Humane Letters
Paul S. Sarbanes 2005 Doctor of Laws
Daniel K. Inouye 2005 Doctor of Public Service
Tim Russert 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
Judith A. McHale 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
Aryeh Neier 2004 Doctor of Laws
David Hartman 2004 Doctor of Humane Letters
Judy Woodruff 2004 Doctor of Humane Letters
Gerald Bruce Lee 2003 Doctor of Laws
Theodore C. Sorensen 2023 Doctor of Laws
Garry Wills 2023 Doctor of Humane Letters
Charlayne Hunter-Gault 2023 Doctor of Humane Letters
Sam Donaldson 2003 Doctor of Humane Letters
Thomas Buergenthal 2002 Doctor of Laws
Lawrence M. Small 2002 Doctor of Public Service
Goldie Hawn 2002 Doctor of Fine Arts
Peter D. Bell 2002 Doctor of International Affairs
Anthony Lewis 2002 Doctor of Humane Letters
Elaine R. Jones 2001 Doctor of Laws
Molly Smith 2001 Doctor of Fine Arts
Ariel Dorfman 2001 Doctor of Humane Letters
Mark Schneider 2000 Doctor of Laws
Robert P. Kogod 2000 Doctor of Laws
J. Carter Brown 2000 Doctor of Fine Arts
William Raspberry 2000 Doctor of Humane Letters
Daniel Schorr 2000 Doctor of Humane Letters
Frederick Hart 2000 Doctor of Fine Arts (awarded posthumously)
Sandra Day O’Connor 1999 Doctor of Laws
Barry Levinson 1999 Doctor of Fine Arts
Dale Bumpers 1999 Doctor of Public Service
John Lewis 1999 Doctor of Public Service
Charlene Barshefsky 1998 Doctor of Laws
James T. Laney 1998 Doctor of International Affairs
Shimon Peres 1998 Doctor of International Affairs
Ismail Serageldin 1998 Doctor of International Affairs
Carlos Roberto Reina 1997 Doctor of Laws
David R. Obey 1997 Doctor of Public Service
Paul Hill 1997 Doctor of Music
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro 1997 Doctor of Laws
David S. Broder 1997 Doctor of Humane Letters
Aung San Suu Kyi 1997 Doctor of Laws
Eleanor Holmes Norton 1996 Doctor of Laws
Charles Bowsher 1996 Doctor of Public Affairs
Michael Armacost 1996 Doctor of International Relations
Sam Gilliam 1996 Doctor of Fine Arts
James Wolfensohn 1996 Doctor of International Relations
Drew S. Days, III 1995 Doctor of Laws
Charles E. Guggenheim 1995 Doctor of Humane Letters
H. M. Queen Noor of Jordan 1995 Doctor of International Relations
Laura D'Andrea Tyson 1995 Doctor of Laws
Alfred Kazin 1995 Doctor of Humane Letters
James H. Billington 1995 Doctor of Humane Letters
Masateru Ohnami 1995 Doctor of International Relations
J. Brian Atwood 1994 Doctor of Laws
Florence Griffith Joyner 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Brian P. Lamb 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ambassador Michael Kantor 1994 Doctor of Laws
Henry G. Cisneros 1994 Doctor of Laws
Masanobu Fukamachi 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Thom White Wolf Fassett 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Jan Eliasson 1994 Doctor of Laws
Kim Young Sam 1993 Doctor of International Relations
Robert B. Reich 1993 Doctor of Laws
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. 1993 Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
John Hope Franklin 1993 Doctor of Humane Letters
Antonia C. Novello, M.D. 1993 Doctor of Laws
Milton Greenberg 1993 Doctor of Laws
William J. Clinton 1993 Doctor of Laws
John Edward Jacob 1993 Doctor of Laws
Andrew Young, Jr. 1992 Doctor of Laws
Allan D. Gilmour 1992 Doctor of Laws
Maurice F. Strong 1992 Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
Sir Ralf Dahrendorf 1992 Doctor of Laws
Adele Smith Simmons 1992 Doctor of Laws
Elie Wiesel 1992 Doctor of Humane Letters
David L. Boren 1992 Doctor of Laws
Abner J. Mikva 1991 Doctor of Laws
Martin Feinstein 1991 Doctor of Humane Letters
Stephen J. Gould 1991 Doctor of Science
Louis Rukeyser 1991 Doctor of Laws
W. Edwards Deming 1991 Doctor of Laws
William S. Cohen 1991 Doctor of Laws
Lee H. Hamilton 1991 Doctor of Laws
Marian Wright Edelman 1990 Doctor of Laws
Alexander Dubcek 1990 Doctor of Laws
Timothy S. Healy, S.J. 1990 Doctor of Humane Letters
Dorothy I. Height 1990 Doctor of Humane Letters
Patricia McGowan Wald 1989 Doctor of Laws
Frank Press 1989 Doctor of Science
Alan K. Simpson 1989 Doctor of Laws
Constance A. Morella 1989 Doctor of Public Service
Malcolm S. Forbes 1989 Doctor of Laws
Robert C. Byrd 1988 Doctor of Public Service
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. 1988 Doctor of Laws
Lloyd H. Elliott 1988 Doctor of Laws
J. Willard Marriott 1987 Doctor of Laws
Dante B. Fascell 1987 Doctor of Laws
Faye E. Abdellah 1987 Doctor of Public Service
Laurence H. Tribe 1987 Doctor of Laws
Allen H. Neuharth 1987 Doctor of Humane Letters
James K. Mathews 1987 Doctor of Humane Letters
John H. Johnson 1987 Doctor of Humane Letters
Morris K. Udall 1986 Doctor of Laws
Charles L. Schultze 1986 Doctor of Laws
Lucie S. Kelly 1986 Doctorate of Public Service
Alice M. Rivlin 1986 Doctor of Laws
Madame Jihan El‑Sadat 1986 Doctor of Humane Letters
William H. Webster 1985 Doctor of Laws
Siobbon McKenna 1985 Doctor of Humane Letters
John A. Knebel 1984 Doctor of Laws
John Kenneth Galbraith 1984 Doctor of Laws
Ted Koppel 1984 Doctor of Humane Letters
Donald T. Regan 1984 Doctor of Laws
Paul A. Volcker 1984  
Raymond I. Geraldson 1983 Doctor of Laws
Toney Anaya 1983 Doctor of Laws
Ann Beattie 1983 Doctor of Humane Letters
Joshua Logan 1982 Doctor of Humane Letters
David Lloyd Kreeger 1982 Doctor of Humane Letters
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf 1982 Doctor of Music
Harry Woolf 1982 Doctor of Science
Canon S. Bonana 1981 Doctor of Laws
Andrzej Wajdu 1981 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ernest S. Griffith 1981 Doctor of Public Service
W. Donald Calomiris 1981 Doctor of Laws
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1981 Doctor of Laws
Edna Hickman Whitley 1981 Doctor of Public Service
Mitislav Rostropovich 1981 Doctor of Humane Letters
Alejandro Orfile 1981 Doctor of Laws
Carl T. Rowan 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
Walter Cronkite 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
Sarah Caldwell 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
John Brademas 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ernest L. Boyer 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
George W. Ball 1980 Doctor of Laws
Donald W. Riddle 1980 Doctor of Laws
Patrick Hayes 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
Carl Sagan 1980 Doctor of Science
Roger Stevens 1979 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ralph Nader 1979 Doctor of Laws
Robert Strauss 1979 Doctor of Laws
Roland Rice 1979 Doctor of Humane Letters
William H. Calfee 1979 Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert C. Byrd 1979 Doctor of Laws
I.F. Stone 1978 Doctor of Humane Letters
Patricia Roberts Harris 1978 Doctor of Laws
His Majesty Hussein I 1977 Doctor of Laws
Robert E. Cleary 1977 Doctor of Laws
Alexander Palmer Haley 1977 Doctor of Humane Letters
Kurt Waldheim 1977 Doctor of Laws
Yitzhak Rabin 1977 Doctor of Laws
Robert S. Hatfield 1977 Doctor of Laws
Henry Steele Commager 1977 Doctor of Humane Letters
Marian Anderson 1976 Doctor of Humane Letters
The Honorable W. Averill Harriman 1976 Doctor of Laws
Warren E. Burger 1976 Doctor of Laws
The Honorable Barbara C. Jordan 1976 Doctor of Laws
Empress Farah Pahlavi, Shabbanou of Iran 1975 Doctor of Laws
Catherine Filene Shouse 1971 Doctor of Laws
Elizabeth Duncan Koontz 1969 Doctor of Laws
Hurst Robins Anderson 1968 Doctor of Civil Law
Orville L. Freeman 1968 Doctor of Laws
James Mase Ault 1968 Doctor of Divinity
Sol M. Linowitz 1968 Doctor of Humane Letters
Daniel S. Parker 1968 Doctor of Laws
The Honorable Abe Fortas 1968 Doctor of Humane Letters
Barbara Ward (Lady Jackson) 1968 Doctor of Letters
Henry Cabot Lodge 1967 Doctor of Laws
Ernest Maxmilian Posner 1967 Doctor of Humane Letters
William C. Sullivan 1967 Doctor of Laws
Edward Cleveland Sweeney 1967 Doctor of Laws
Edward Bradley Lewis 1967 Doctor of Laws
Gerald Hamilton Kennedy 1967 Doctor of Letters
Gale William McGee 1967 Doctor of Laws
Felipe Herrera 1966 Doctor of Laws
Burnita Shelton Matthews 1966 Doctor of Laws
John Owen Gross 1966 Doctor of Letters
Harlean Cleveland 1966 Doctor of Civil Law
Hubert Horatio Humphrey 1965 Doctor of Laws
Leland Fikes 1965 Doctor of Laws
Miles Ellis Drake 1965 Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles Samuel Jarvis 1965 Doctor of Divinity
His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi 1964 Doctor of Civil Law
Shot Kumar Mondel 1964 Doctor of Laws
Lammot duPont Copeland 1964 Doctor of Laws
Edward Bernard Bunn 1964 Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward Harry Porter 1964 Doctor of Divinity
John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1963 Doctor of Civil Law
Angus Dun 1963 Doctor of Civil Law
Fred Pierce Corson 1963 Doctor of Civil Law
Luther Andrew Smith 1963 Doctor of Laws
Lowell Skinner Ensor 1963 Doctor of Laws
Charles Coolidge Parlin 1962 Doctor of Laws
Sir Hugh Foot 1962 Doctor of Laws
Frederick Brown Harris 1962 Doctor of Letters
Hugh Latimer Dryden 1962 Doctor of Letters
Robert H. Parker 1962 Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert E. Wilson 1961 Doctor of Laws
Norman L. Trott 1961 Doctor of Laws
Robert G. Baker 1961 Doctor of Laws
F. Gerald Ensley 1961 Doctor of Letters
David A. Lockmiller 1961 Doctor of Humane Letters
Earl Warren 1960 Doctor of Laws
Garfield Bromley Oxnam 1960 Doctor of Civil Law
Edward Gardiner Latch 1960 Doctor of Humane Letters
Lynn Hough Corson 1960 Doctor of Divinity
Frank W. Ake 1960 Doctor of Divinity
Scott B. Appleby 1959 Doctor of Laws
Robert Fisher Oxnam 1959 Doctor of Laws
R. Franklin Thompson 1959 Doctor of Letters
Headly W. Plunkett 1959 Doctor of Divinity
Robert Edward Luccock 1959 Doctor of Divinity
Alan Tower Waterman 1958 Doctor of Laws
Willard Stewart Paul 1958 Doctor of Laws
Ralph Wainman Stoody 1958 Doctor of Letters
Pauline Frederick 1958 Doctor of Humane Letters
Melvin Ernest Wheatley, Jr. 1958 Doctor of Divinity
Eugene Lewis Smith  1957 Doctor of Humane Letters
William Zeckendorf 1957 Doctor of Laws
George Yetter Flint 1957 Doctor of Divinity
Dwight David Eisenhower 1957 Doctor of Laws
Arthur Hollis Edens 1956 Doctor of Laws
Marjorie Fraser Webster 1956 Doctor of Humane Letters
Kenneth Ray Rose 1956 Doctor of Divinity
George Alvin Boss 1956 Doctor of Divinity
Frederick Buckley Newell 1955 Doctor of Laws
Pierre Samuel DuPont III 1955 Doctor of Laws
Norman Gerstenfeld 1955 Doctor of Letters
Duncan Phillips 1955 Doctor of Letters
Richard Theodore Scholl 1955 Doctor of Divinity
Marion Wade Doyle  1955 Doctor of Humane Letters
Herbert Brownell, Jr.  1954 Doctor of Laws
Costen Jordan Harrell 1954 Doctor of Laws
Frank Hugh Sparks 1954 Doctor of Education
Albert Patterson Shirkey 1954 Doctor of Divinity
Laura Jean Jarrett Brooks 1954 Doctor of Humanities
R. Deane Shure 1953 Doctor of Music
Frank William Bevan 1953 Doctor of Divinity
Senor Doctor Guillermo Feliu Cruz 1952 Doctor of Letters
Charles Wesley Flint 1952 Doctor of Divinity
Edward U. Condon 1952 Doctor of Science
John Mercer Reeves 1952 Doctor of Laws
Dorothy Deemer Houghton 1952 Doctor of Letters
Samuel McCrea Cavert 1951 Doctor of Humane Letters
William Frederick Dunkel, Jr. 1951 Doctor of Divinity
Paul Gray Hoffman 1950 Doctor of Laws
Ralph Dela Smith 1950 Doctor of Divinity
Howard Mitchell 1950 Doctor of Music
T. Otto Nall 1950 Doctor of Letters
Stuart Chase 1949 Doctor of Letters
Warren R. Austin 1948 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
Norman Cousins 1948 Doctor of Literature
Emory Stevens Bucke 1948 Doctor of Divinity
The Honorable Duncan Coomer 1947 Doctor of Laws
The Honorable Benjamin Cohen 1947 Doctor of Laws
Oscar T. Olson 1947 Doctor of Divinity
H. G. Secombe 1947 Doctor of Divinity
Gordon M. Sisco 1947 Doctor of Divinity
Wen Yuan Chen 1947 Doctor of Divinity
Walter T. Brown  1947 Doctor of Laws
Robert V. Fletcher 1947 Doctor of Laws
Westfield W. Delaplain 1947 Doctor of Divinity
Arthur H. Vandenburg 1947 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
Chester Bowles 1946 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
Nolan B. Harmon, Jr. 1946 Doctor of Letters
Marcellus C. Sheild 1945 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
George Benjamin Woods 1944 Doctor of Letters
Oliver Clark Short 1944 Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.  1944 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
Robert W. Macauley 1943 Doctor of Divinity
Herbert Charles Holdridge 1943 Doctor of Laws
Lucius Charles Clark 1943 Doctor of Laws
Arthur Carlisle Christie 1943 Doctor of Science
Joseph Collins 1943 Doctor of Divinity
George Foreman Rixey 1943 Doctor of Divinity
Horace Emerson Cromer 1943 Doctor of Divinity
William Nathaniel Thomas 1943 Doctor of Divinity
Luiz Simoes Lopes 1942 Doctor of Laws
Harold Dewey Smith 1942 Doctor of Laws (for distinguished public service)
Arthur Sherwood Flemming 1942 Doctor of Laws
Will Hutchins 1941 Doctor of Humane Letters
Paul Voris McNutt 1941 Doctor of Laws
Adna Wright Leonard 1941 Doctor of Laws
William A. Keese 1941 Doctor of Divinity
Arthur T. Vanderbilt 1941 Doctor of Laws
William Henry McReynolds 1939 Doctor of Laws
Dayton Ernest McClain 1939 Doctor of Divinity
Sir Harold Bellman 1939 Doctor of Laws
Louis Brownlow 1938 Doctor of Laws
Burton Kendall Wheeler 1938 Doctor of Laws
Frederick H. Stinchfield 1938 Doctor of Laws
Edward Raymond Burke 1938 Doctor of Laws
Gosta Forrsell 1937 Doctor of Laws
William Fraser McDowell 1934 Doctor of Laws
Harold Willis Dodd 1934 Doctor of Laws
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1934 Doctor of Laws
Elizabeth Jane Somers 1918 Doctor of Literature
Andre Tardieu 1917 Doctor of Civil Law
John William Hamilton 1916 Doctor of the More Humane Letters
Earl Cranston 1916 Doctor of the More Humane Letters