Listed here are notable figures granted honorary degrees throughout Adelphi’s long history.

May 2020
José Singer Weisinger ’73

May 19, 2019
Kevin McKenzie
D.F.A.

May 19, 2019
Pat Schissel
D.H.L.

May 21, 2017
Alan C. Trautwig
D.H.L.

May 22, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson
Litt.D.

May 22, 2016
Marian Wright Edelman
LL.D.

May 21, 2015
Cora Weiss
LL.D.

May 21, 2015
Mark Harris
D.H.L.

May 21, 2015
Vartan Gregorian
D.H.L.

May 19, 2014
Edward Villella
D.A.

May 19, 2014
Fabiola Milord
D.H.L.

May 19, 2014
Jeh Charles Johnson
LL.D.

May 19, 2013
Burt Young
D.F.A.

May 19, 2013
Bert Mitchell
LL.D.

May 19, 2013
Doreen Miller
D.H.L.

May 19, 2013
Carlton D. (‘Chuck D’) Ridenhour
D.A.

May 19, 2012
Leonard Riggio
LL.D.

May 19, 2012
Carmen Ortiz
LL.D.

May 19, 2012
Jamaica Kincaid
D.H.L.

May 20, 2011
Edwidge Danticat
D.H.L.

May 20, 2011
Suzanne Farrell
D.F.A.

May 20, 2011
The Honorable Ruth C. Balkin
LL.D.

May 18, 2010
Betty L. Forest
D.H.L.

May 18, 2010
Lynn Nottage
D.H.L.

May 18, 2010
Carol A. Ammon
LL.D.

May 21, 2009
Seymour Topping
D.H.L.

May 21, 2009
Suzy Dalton Sonenberg
D.H.L.

May 21, 2009
Audrey Ronning Topping
D.A.

November 19, 2008
Nicholas Cummings
Sc.D.

September 24, 2008
Paul Ekman
Sc.D.

May 19, 2008
Lon Gorman
LL.D.

May 19, 2008
Paul Taylor
D.A.

May 19, 2008
Adele C. Smithers
D.H.L.

May 21, 2007
Judith Sue Borten
D.H.L.

May 21, 2007
William H. Borten
D.H.L.

May 21, 2007
The Honorable John Lewis
LL.D.

May 21, 2007
Cecil K. Watkins
LL.D.

May 21, 2007
Donna Orender
LL.D.

May 22, 2006
Lilo J. Leeds
D.H.L.

May 22, 2006
Brian D. McAuley
LL.D.

May 22, 2006
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
LL.D.

May 15, 2005
Robert B. Willumstad
LL.D.

May 15, 2005
Amelia M. Hagedorn
D.H.L.

May 16, 2004
The Honorable Judith S. Kaye
LL.D.

May 16, 2004
Howard Dodson
D.H.L.

May 16, 2004
Thomas Dixon Lovely
LL.D.

May 18, 2003
Donald Everett Axinn
D.H.L.

May 18, 2003
Carmen deLavallade
D.A.

May 18, 2003
The Honorable Eliot Spitzer
LL.D.

May 19, 2002
Alice Hoffman
D.H.L.

May 19, 2002
Horace G. McDonell, Jr.
LL.D.

May 19, 2002
Betty Jane (B.J.) Scheihing
LL.D.

May 20, 2001
Richard Barton
D.H.L.

May 20, 2001
His Excellence Jan Kavan
D.H.L.

May 20, 2001
Horace Hagedorn
D.H.L.

May 21, 2000
Bunny Hoest
D.H.L.

May 21, 2000
Steven L. Isenberg
D.H.L.

May 21, 2000
Bob Beamon
D.H.L.

May 21, 2000
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
D.H.L.

May 16, 1999
Robert B. Catell
D.H.L.

May 16, 1999
Gerard G. Leeds
Sc.D.

May 16, 1999
H. Carl McCall
D.H.L.

May 17, 1998
Thomas J. Donohue
D.H.L.

May 17, 1998
Geoffrey Holder
D.F.A.

May 17, 1998
Joseph Charles (XJ.) Kennedy
D.F.A.

May 17, 1998
James A. (Dolph) Norton
D.H.L.

May 17, 1998
Dorothy Richardson
D.H.L.

May 18, 1997
Jonathan Kozol
D.H.L.

May 18, 1997
Jonathan Larson
D.F.A.

May 18, 1997
Mathew M. Mandery
Sc.D.

May 18, 1997
The Honorable Carolyn McCarthy
LL.D.

May 18, 1997
Mel Pender
D.H.L.

May 18, 1997
Louis Simpson
D. F. A.

May 19, 1996
John Kaploltas 
D.H.L.

May 19, 1996
Byron Lewis
D.H.L.

May 19, 1996
Conor Cruise O’Brien
D.H.L.

May 19, 1996
Norman Podhoretz 
D.H.L.

May 19, 1996
Sylvia Rhone
D.H.L.

May 19, 1996
John Simon 
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Dimitris L. Avramopoulos 
LL.D.

May 21, 1995
William F. Jr. Buckley
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Kenneth I. Chenault
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Stanley Crouch
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Gerald M. Edelman
Sc.D.

May 21, 1995
Joseph N. Frank 
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Ann M. Fudge 
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Daniel Edward Jr. Koshland
Sc.D.

May 21, 1995
Peggy Noonan
D.H.L.

May 21, 1995
Melvin Schwertz
Sc.D.

May 21, 1995
Roger Scruton
D.H.L.

May 15, 1994
Ruth Nita Barrow 
LL.D.

May 15, 1994
Robert Conquest
D.H.L.

May 15, 1994
John Gross
D.H.L.

May 15, 1994
George N. Hatsopoulos
Sc.D.

May 15, 1994
C. John Herington
D.H.L.

May 15, 1994
Stavros Xarhakos
D.F.A.

May 16, 1993
William Bailey
D.F.A.

May 16, 1993
Heinz Berggruen
D.H.L.

May 16, 1993
D. Allan Bromley
Sc.D.

May 16, 1993
Carl Djerassi
Sc.D.

May 16, 1993
Paul Johnson
D.H.L.

May 16, 1993
Donald E. Knuth
Sc.D.

May 16, 1993
Walter Laquer
D.H.L.

May 16, 1993
Carolynn Reid-Wallace
D.H.L.

May 16, 1993
John R. Searle
D.H.L.

May 16, 1993
Speros Jr. Vryoris
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Robert LeRoy Bartley
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Seth Gabriel Benardete
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Cleanth Brooks
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Dick Cheney
LL.D.

May 17, 1992
Max M. Kampelman
LL.D.

May 17, 1992
Anna Kisselgoff 
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Leon Max Lederman
Sc.D.

May 17, 1992
Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger
D.H.L.

May 17, 1992
Sheldon Weinig
Sc.D.

May 19, 1991
Martin Feldstein 
Sc.D.

May 19, 1991
Leszek Kolakowski
D.H.L.

May 19, 1991
Illias Lalaounis
D.F.A.

May 19, 1991
Tsung-Dao Lee
Sc.D.

May 19, 1991
Judith Martin
D.H.L.

May 19, 1991
William Phillips
D.H.L.

May 19, 1991
Richard Pipes
D.H.L.

May 19, 1991
Aristotle Telly Savalas
D.H.L.

May 20, 1990
Betty Allen 
D.F.A.

May 20, 1990
Robert H. Bork 
LL.D.

May 20, 1990
Creighton Eddy Gilbert
D.H.L.

May 20, 1990
Dubley Robert Herschbach
Sc.D.

May 20, 1990
Donald Kagan
D.H.L.

May 20, 1990
Frederick Morgan
D.H.L.

May 20, 1990
Richard D. Parsons 
LL.D.

May 20, 1990
Simon Schama
D.H.L.

May 20, 1990
Claire Shulman
LL.D.

 

May 21, 1989
Morris B. Abram
LL.D.

May 21, 1989
James E. Cheek
D.H.L.

May 21, 1989
Helen Frankenthaler 
D.F.A.

May 21, 1989
Harold P Freeman 
Sc.D.

May 21, 1989
Leonard Garment
LL.D.

May 21, 1989
Sheldon Glashow
Sc.D.

May 21, 1989
Gertrude Himmelfarb
D.H.L.

May 21, 1989
Willard Van Orman Quine
D.H.L.

May 21, 1989
Edward Shills
D.H.L.

May 21, 1989
Hugo Weisgall 
D.F.A.

May 15, 1988
Baruj Benacerraf
Sc.D.

May 15, 1988
Hortense Calisher
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
Agnes deMille
D.F.A.

May 15, 1988
Joseph Epstein
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
His Eminence Archbishop Lakovos 
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
Claude Lanzmann
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
Wassily Leontief
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
Cynthia Ozick
D.H.L.

May 15, 1988
Edolphus Towns
LL.D.

May 17, 1987
Christian B. Anfinsen
Sc.D.

May 17, 1987
Ernest L. Boyer
D.H.L.

May 17, 1987
Max Lerner
LL.D.

May 17, 1987
Robert Bruce Merrifield
Sc.D.

May 17, 1987
Jon J. Jr. Phelan
LL.D.

May 17, 1987
Muriel Siebert
LL.D.

May 17, 1987
Edward Teller
Sc.D.

May 18, 1986
Nelson Goodman
Litt.D.

May 18, 1986
Charles Luckman
D.F.A

May 18, 1986
Lester C. Thurow
LL.D.

May 22, 1985
Elaine de Kooning
D.F.A

May 28, 1984
Vernice Doris Ferguson
Sc.D.

May 28, 1984
Alfred Joseph Kahn
D.H.L.

May 28, 1984
Joseph Weizenbaum
Sc.D.

May 28, 1984
Paul Everett Meehl
Sc.D.

May 23, 1983
Richard Chatham Atkinson
Sc.D.

May 23, 1983
Martin C. Barell 
LL.D.

May 22, 1983
Robin H. H. Wilson
LL.D.

May 22, 1983
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
Sc.D.

May 23, 1982
Henry Jay M.D. Heimlich
D.H.L.

May 23, 1982
M. Carl Holman
D.H.L.

Feb 14, 1982
Chaim-Menachem Basok
LL.D.

Feb 14, 1982
William Archibald Jr. Sawyers
Sc.D.

Feb 14, 1982
Edwin Robert Werner
LL.D.

May 24, 1981
Albert Saul Gordon
Sc.D.

May 24, 1981
Martin Prager Mayer
Litt.D.

May 24, 1981
Gertrude G. Michelson
LL.D.

May 24, 1981
Leonard Nadel
LL.D.

May 24, 1981
Eze II Ogueri
LL.D.

May 24, 1981
George James Seedman
D.C.S.

Feb 8, 1981
Fred John Davis
D.F.A.

May 25, 1980
Chaim Gross
D.F.A.

May 25, 1980
David W. Mitchell
LL.D.

May 25, 1980
Jack J. Spitzer
LL.D.

May 25, 1980
Percy R. Sutton
LL.D.

Feb 10, 1980
The Right Reverend Jonathan Goodhue Sherman
D.H.L.

Feb 10, 1980
Max Raydner Traurig
LL.D.

May 20, 1979
Evelyn Berezin
LL.D.

May 20, 1979
Benny Goodman
DM

May 20, 1979
J. Peter Grace
LL.D.

May 20, 1979
Jr. Ellis Laurimore Phillips
LL.D.

May 20, 1979
Rozella Schlotfeldt 
Sc.D.

May 21, 1978
Richard Earl Booth
D.H.L.

May 21, 1978
Harry Forster Chapin
Litt.D.

May 21, 1978
Herman Heine Goldstine
Sc.D.

May 21, 1978
Ernesta Gertrude Procope
LL.D.

May 21, 1978
Bayard Rustin
D.H.L.

May 21, 1978
John Sampson Toll
LL.D.

May 21, 1978
Bertram S. M.D. Brown
D.H.L.

May 22, 1977
Alvin Ailey
D.F.A.

May 22, 1977
Elizabeth Bishop
Litt.D.

May 22, 1977
Ewald B. Nyquist
Litt.D.

May 22, 1977
David Ogilvy
Litt.D.

May 22, 1977
M.D. Edmund D. Pellegrino
D.H.L.

May 22, 1977
Allyn Preston Robinson
Litt.D.

May 23, 1976
Clive Barnes
Litt.D.

May 23, 1976
Erwin Dain Canham
Litt.D.

May 23, 1976
Patricia Roberts Harris
LL.D.

May 23, 1976
Norman V. Lourie
D.H.L.

May 23, 1976
Felix G. Rohatyn
LL.D.

May 25, 1975
Kenneth Bancroft
D.H.L.

May 25, 1975
Jr. Frederick Hainfeld
LL.D.

May 25, 1975
Mrs. Marty Mann
D.H.L.

May 25, 1975
Robert L. Payton
Litt.D.

Feb 9, 1975
Alvin L. Schorr
D.H.L.

May 26, 1974
Theodore Black 
LL.D.

May 26, 1974
Henry Steele Commager
Litt.D.

May 26, 1974
John Fentress Gardner
Litt.D.

May 26, 1974
Mitchell I. Ginsberg
D.H.L.

May 26, 1974
Chien-Shiung Wu
Sc.D.

May 27, 1973
Geraldine Fitzgerald
D.F.A.

May 27, 1973
Rosalind Everdell Havemeyer
D.H.L.

May 27, 1973
Jerome Heartwell Holland
LL.D.

May 27, 1973
Joseph S. Lindermann
Sc.D.

May 27, 1973
Henry Alexander M.D. Murray
Sc.D.

June 4, 1972
George H.W. Bush
LL.D.

June 4, 1972
Randall Pomeroy Mclntyre
LL.D.

June 4, 1972
Francis Taylor Pearsons Plimpton
D.H.L.

June 4, 1972
Grace M. Stanistreet
D.F.A.

June 4, 1972
James D. Watson
Sc.D.

June 6, 1971
Dr. Mary Calderone
Sc.D.

June 6, 1971
Dr. Ralph Waldo Ellison
D.H.L.

June 6, 1971
Walter J. Hickel
LL.D.

June 6, 1971
George M.D. James
D.H.L.

June 6, 1971
William Javanovich
D.H.L.

June 7, 1970
Margaret Chase Smith
D.H.L.

June 7, 1970
Richard Tucker
D.F.A.

June 7, 1969
H. Bentley Glass
Sc.D.

June 7, 1969
Hanya Holm
D.F.A.

June 7, 1969
Robert G. Olmstead
LL.D.

June 9, 1968
Dr. Eveline M. Burns
D.H.L.

June 9, 1968
Dr. Eveline M. Burns
D.H.L.

June 9, 1968
Harold II Howe
LL.D.

June 9, 1968
Dr. Mildred L. Montag
D.H.L.

June 9, 1968
Theodor Reik
LL.D.

June 9, 1968
J. Alfred Valentine
LL.D.

June 4, 1967
Dr. Linus Pauling
Sc.D.

June 4, 1967
Dr. Alwin Thaler
D.H.L.

June 4, 1967
Dr. E. Clinton Towl
LL.D.

June 11, 1966
Buell G. Gallagher
D.H.L.

June 2, 1966
Paul Peter Ewald
Sc.D.

June 2, 1966
Alfred A. Knopf
D.Litt

June 2, 1966
Blanche W. Knopf
D.Litt

June 2, 1966
James A. Lenin
LL.D.

March 3, 1966
Frank Porter Graham
LL.D.

June 13, 1965
Dr. Clifford Lee Lord
LL.D.

June 3, 1965
Dr. Richard Courant
Sc.D.

June 3, 1965
Merle Curti
D.H.L.

June 3, 1965
Martha Hill Davies
D.H.L.

June 3, 1965
Whitney Moore Jr. Young
D.H.L.

December 16, 1964
Very Rev. Harold F. Lemoine
D.H.L.

June 13, 1964
Stuart Gracey
D.H.L.

June 13, 1964
The Hon. Otis Pike
LL.D.

June 10, 1964
Gilbert Highet
D.H.L.

June 10, 1964
Alfred Kazin
D.Litt

June 10, 1964
Anthony Lewis
D.Litt

February 17, 1964
Arthur Hobson Dean
LL.D.

February 17, 1964
George Loring Jr. Hubbell
LL.D.

October 20, 1963
Henry R. Luce
D.F.A.

October 20, 1963
Richard J. Neutra
LL.D.

October 20, 1963
Vice Admiral William Alton Schoech
Sc.D.

September 20, 1963
The Hon. Kenneth B. Keating
LL.D.

June 13, 1963
Fred Ambellan
D.H.L.

June 13, 1963
Perry B. Jr. Duryea
LL.D.

June 12, 1963
Alfred Hamilton Jr. Barr
D.F.A.

June 12, 1963
August II Hecksher
LL.D.

June 12, 1963
James J. Rorimer
D.F.A.

June 12, 1963
William H. Schuman
D.F.A.

June 12, 1963
Ruth St. Denis 
D.F.A.

June 12, 1963
Leopold Stokowski
DM

February 9, 1963
Cecil L. Hall
LL.D.

February 9, 1963
Arthur Roth
LL.D.

February 6, 1963
John Harland Gibbs Pell
LL.D.

June 13, 1962
The Honorable George W. Ball
LL.D.

June 13, 1962
William H. G. FitzGerald
D.C.S.

June 13, 1962
Walter Hallstein
LL.D.

June 13, 1962
Isidor Rabi
Sc.D

May 8, 1962
Wilbur J. Cohen
D.H.L.

May 8, 1962
Robert J. Havighurst
D.H.L.

November 10, 1961
Earl Vandermeulen
D.H.L.

June 14, 1961
Dr. Ruth M. Adams
D.H.L.

June 14, 1961
Leroy Randle Grumman
LL.D.

June 14, 1961
Henry Cabot Jr. Lodge
LL.D.

June 14, 1961
Ogden Nash
D.H.L.

June 14, 1961
Edward Lee Norton
LL.D.

June 14, 1961
Joseph E. Ridder
LL.D.

June 15, 1960
Brooks Atkinson
D.Litt

June 15, 1960
Norman Cousins
D.H.L.

June 15, 1960
Robert W. Dowling
D.F.A.

June 15, 1960
Luther Harris Evans
D.Litt

June 15, 1960
Edna Ferber
D.H.L.

October 28, 1959
Anthony Drexel Duke
D.H.L.

June 10, 1959
Dr. Hugh Latimer Dryden
LL.D.

June 10, 1959
Dr. John Peter Hagen
Sc.D

June 10, 1959
Hans Herbert Hueter
Sc.D

June 10, 1959
Lt. Gen. Clarence S. Irvine
Sc.D

June 10, 1959
Willy Ley
D.H.L.

June 10, 1959
Lt. Gen. Bernard Adolph Schriever
Sc.D

June 10, 1959
Dr. Wernher von Braun
LL.D.

February 11, 1959
Dr. James E. Jr. Allen
LL.D.

February 11, 1959
Albert M. Austin
LL.D.

February 11, 1959
The Hon. Arthur Sherwood
LL.D.

February 11, 1959
Samuel A. M.D. Levine
Sc.D.

February 11, 1959
Eugene J. Taylor
D.H.L.

June 4, 1958
Albert Dorne
D.F.A.

June 4, 1958
Anson Conger Goodyear
D.F.A.

June 4, 1958
Harold Kleinert Guinzburg
D.H.L.

June 4, 1958
Douglas Stuart Moore
DM

May 1, 1958
Dr. John H. Furbay
Order of Fellow of Adelphi, Award of Honor

May 1, 1958
Ambassador Charles T. O. King
Order of Fellow of Adelphi, Award of Honor

May 1, 1958
Frank Jr. Pace
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
Alger B. Chapman
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
M.D. Herman E. Hilleboe
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
Conrad Nicholson Hilton
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
M.D. William C. Menninger
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
Dr. Howard A. Rusk
D.H.L.

October 23, 1957
Milo J. Sutliff
LL.D.

October 23, 1957
Mary E. Switzer
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
Theodore V. Houser
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
S. Paul Johnston
Sc.D.

June 12, 1957
William S. Paley
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
Ogden R. Reid
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
General Carlos P. Romulo
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
Austin J. Tobin
LL.D.

June 12, 1957
Mark Van Doren
D.H.L.

May 1, 1957
Edward J. Noble
LL.D.

May 1, 1957
Leon A. Swirbul 
LL.D.

June 13, 1956
Rev. James N. Gettemy
D.H.L.

May 1, 1956
Frank Moore
D.H.L.

September 18, 1946
Lily Pons
D.H.L.

June 1, 1946
James Pernette DeWolfe
LL.D.

June 1, 1946
James Michael Mead
LL.D.

June 1, 1946
Lise Meitner
Sc.D.

June 1, 1946
James Stiles
LL.D.

May 1, 1946
Maurice Garabrandt
DM

May 1, 1946
Lucille Petry Leone
D.H.L.

May 1, 1946
Edwiene Schmitt
LL.D.

May 1, 1944
Paul Dawson Eddy
LL.D.

May 1, 1944
John M. Gallagher
LL.D.

May 1, 1944
Christopher Morley
LL.D.

June 13, 1942
Kate T. Davison
D.H.L.

June 13, 1942
Genevieve Beavers Earle
LL.D.

May 1, 1917
Emma Louisa Johnston
M.A.

June 15, 1916
Kate Estelle Turner
M.A.

June 10, 1915
Anna Elizabeth Harvey
M.A.

June 11, 1908
Helen Baldwin
M.A.

June 14, 1904
Charlotte Morrill
M.A.

May 1, 1904
William Ordway Partridge
M.A.

June 8, 1898
Sarah Scott
M.A.

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