Honorary Degree Recipients – 2010s


Scott S. Cowen, president, Tulane University, New Orleans, UConn Class of 1968 – Doctor of Humane Letters

Wendell G. Minor, illustrator, designer – Doctor of Humane Letters

Narissa Ramdhani, former anti-apartheid activist, UConn Class of 1992 – Doctor of Humane Letters


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

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

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine – Doctor of Science

Charles M. Vest, Ph.D., president, National Academy of Engineering, president emeritus, MIT – Doctor of Science


Dr. Robert C. 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, Jr. ’78 (Pharmacy), 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 English – 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, M.D., Physician and ABC News’s Chief Health Medical editor, Doctor of Science

Liza Donnelly, Cartoonist with New Yorker Magazine, Doctor of Humane Letters

Peter R. Farina, Ph.D., Managing Partner of Salient Science and Technology, Doctor of Science

Philip Lodewick, Owner and President of Tradewell Corporation, Doctor of Humane Letters

Richard Mastracchio, Astronaut, Engineer, Doctor of Science

Dr. Martin McNamara, Dean of Nursing and Head of the University College of Dublin School of Nursing, Doctor of Science

James M. Nederlander, Broadway Producer, Doctor of Fine Arts

Philip Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Doctor of Humane Letters

George M. Woodwell, Ecologist and Founder of Woods Hole Research Center, Doctor of Science


Timothy Scott Case, Founding Chief Technology Officer of Priceline, Doctor of Science

Helen Hays, American Museum of Natural History and Great Gull Island Expert, Doctor of Science

Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Doctor of Humane Letters

Barbara Medoff-Cooper, Professor; School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Science

Michael A. Melio, President of Piedmont Metal and United American Steel Co., Doctor of Humane Letters

Harriet Sanford, President and CEO National Education Association Foundation, Doctor of Humane Letters

Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor Economics, Finance – Yale University; 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, Doctor of Science

Anne C.R. Tanner, Sr. Member of the Forsyth Institute, Doctor of Science

Leslie Uggams, Tony and Emmy Award Winning Actress, Doctor of Fine Arts

Peter J. Werth, Jr., Founder, CEO and Chairman of ChemWerth, Inc., Doctor of Science


Peter Constantine, Award-Winning Literary Translator and Editor, Doctor of Humane Letters

France A. Córdova, Ph.D., Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Doctor of Science

Judge Christopher F. Droney, Judge serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Doctor of Laws

John Kim, Business Executive in the Investment Management and Retirement Plan Industries, Doctor of Science

Charles Osgood, Radio and Television Commentator and Writer, Doctor of Humane Letters

Oliver Stone, Distinguished Screenwriter, Film Director and Producer, Doctor of Fine Arts


David Bouley, Acclaimed Chef and Entrepreneur, Doctor of Humane Letters

Douglas Elliot, President, The Hartford, Doctor of Humane Letters

Dr. J. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology at United Technologies Corporation, Doctor of Science

Dr. Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, Doctor of Science

Dr. J. Craig Venter, Biochemist-Geneticist, Doctor of Science


Kathleen Battle, Leading Musical Artist, Doctor of Fine Arts (Received October 27, 2018)

Linda Barry, Celebrated Cartoonish, Doctor of Fine Arts

Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls Code, Doctor of Science

Crystal Emery ’85 (SFA), Distinguished Author, Filmmaker, Actress and a Play-writer,  Doctor of Letters

Lorne Golub, Stonybrook University, School of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Science

John Kemp, President and CEO of the Viscardi Center, Doctor of Humane Letters

Kathleen Murphy,’87 JD, President of Personal Investigating at Fidelity Investments, Doctor of Humane Letters


Richard Lublin – Television and Film Actor, Doctor of Fine Arts

David Conrad Page, M.D., Director and President of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Doctor of Science

Joseph Schwantner, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Doctor of Fine Arts

Dr. William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda Geyer University Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, Doctor of Humane Letters