Honorary Degree Recipients in the 2010s


Narissa Ramdhani, former anti-apartheid activist, UConn Class of 1992 - Doctor of Humane Letters
Wendell G. Minor, illustrator, designer - Doctor of Humane Letters
Scott S. Cowen, president, Tulane University, New Orleans, UConn Class of 1968 - Doctor of Humane Letters


Sir Peter Crane, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale - Doctor of Science
Mia Farrow, actress and human rights advocate - Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles M. Vest, Ph.D., president, National Academy of Engineering, president emeritus, MIT - Doctor of Science
Philip Bailey, musician and composer - Doctor of Fine Arts
Charles J. Burstone, DDS., M.S., professor emeritus, UConn School of Dental Medicine - Doctor of Science
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine - Doctor of Science


Robert Gallo, founding director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine - Doctor of Science
John Lewis, U.S. Representative, Georgia (5th District, Dem.), civil rights leader - Doctor of Laws
Joseph C. Papa, ’78 (PHAR), chairman, president, and CEO of Perrigo Co. - Doctor of Science
Thomas Pogge, director, Global Justice Program, Leitner Professor of Philosophy & International Affairs, Yale - Doctor of Laws
Joseph Polisi ’69 (CLAS), president, The Juilliard School - Doctor of Fine Arts
Richard Valachovic, ’77 DMD, executive director, American Dental Education Association - Doctor of Science


Jerry Adler, acclaimed television and movie actor - Doctor of Fine Arts
Gary Bailey, professor, Simmons College, internationally recognized leader, scholar, and educator - Doctor of Humane Letters
Lyudmila Harutyunyan, researcher, educator, former member of the Congress of the People’s Deputies, Soviet Union - Doctor of Humane Letters
Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Corp. - Doctor of Humane Letters
Wally Lamb, ’72 (CLAS), ’77 MA, author, former UConn associate professor of Engish - Doctor of Letters
Ferid Murad, teacher, clinician, researcher, 1998 Nobel Prize-winner in Physiology or Medicine - Doctor of Science
Elizabeth Shanahan, executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers - Doctor of Science
Charles Zwick ’50 (CANR), ’51 MS, director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, Lyndon Johnson administration - Doctor of Humane Letters


Richard Besser, Doctor of Science
Liza Donnelly, Doctor of Fine Arts
Peter R. Farina, Doctor of Science
Philip L. Lodewick, Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard Mastracchio, Doctor of Science
Martin McNamara, Doctor of Science
James M. Nederlander, Doctor of Fine Arts
Philip Uri Treisman, Doctor of Humane Letters
George M. Woodwell, Doctor of Science


Timothy Scott Case, Doctor of Science
Helen Hays, Doctor of Science
Kerry Kennedy, Doctor of Humane Letters
Barbara Medoff-Cooper, Doctor of Science
Michael A. Melio, Doctor of Humane Letters
Harriet Sanford, Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert J. Shiller, Doctor of Science
Anne C. R. Tanner, Doctor of Science
Leslie Uggams, Doctor of Fine Arts
Peter J. Werth, Jr., Doctor of Science


Peter Constantine, Doctor of Humane Letters
France A. Cordova, Doctor of Science
Christopher F. Droney, Doctor of Laws
John Kim, Doctor of Science
Charles Osgood, Doctor of Humane Letters
Oliver Stone, Doctor of Fine Arts


David Bouley, Doctor of Humane Letters
Douglas Elliot, Doctor of Humane Letters
J. Michael McQuade, Doctor of Science
Joan Steitz, Doctor of Science
J. Craig Venter, Doctor of Science


Kathleen Battle, Doctor of Fine Arts (October 27, 2018)
Kimberly Bryant, Doctor of Science
Crystal Emery, Doctor of Letters
Lorne Golub, Doctor of Science
John Kemp, Doctor of Humane Letters
Kathleen Murphy, Doctor of Humane Letters


Richard Lublin, Doctor of Fine Arts
David Conrad Page, Doctor of Science
Dr. Joseph Schwantner, Doctor of Fine Arts
Dr. William Julius Wilson, Doctor of Humane Letters