Honorary Degrees by Year

Year Awarded Name Degree
1894 Commencement Rebecca Corwin M.A.
  Alice Gordon Gulick M.A.
  Ellen C. Parsons M.A.
1895-1897 No Degrees Awarded  
1898 Commencement Daniel Kimball Pearsons M.A.
1899 Commencement President William McKinley D.C.L.
1900 Commencement Ada L. Howard Litt.D.
1901 Commencement Mary A. Evans Litt.D.
  Susan Tolman Mills Litt.D.
  Julia E. Ward Litt.D.
  Mary Alma Sawyer M.A.
1902 Commencement Ella Louise Brownback M.A.
  Nancy Jane Davis M.A.
1903 Commencement Mary Almira Smith M.A.
1904 Commencement Harriet N. Haskell Litt.D.
  Frances M. Hazen M.A.
  Elizabeth B. Prentiss M.A.
  Louise Fitz-Randolph M.A.
1905 Commencement Sarah P. Eastman Litt.D.
1906 Commencement M. Josephine Brink M.A.
  Abbie Park Ferguson M.A.
  Julia H. May M.A.
  Grace Peckham Murray M.A.
1907-1908 No Degrees Awarded  
1909 Commencement Luette P. Bentley M.A.
1910 Commencement Anna E. Bliss Litt.D.
1911 No Degrees Awarded  
1912 Commencement Caroline Boardman Greene M.A.
  Mary Almira Smith Sc.D.
  Ada Louise Comstock Litt.D.
  Mary Frances Farnham Litt.D.
  Abbie Park Ferguson Litt.D.
  Lida Shaw King Litt.D.
  Florence Purington Litt.D.
  Caroline Ransom Litt.D.
  Vivian Blanche Small Litt.D.
  Katharine Bement Davis LL.D.
  Julia Clifford Lathrop LL.D.
  Alexander Meiklejohn LL.D.
  Ellen Fitz Pendleton LL.D.
  Lillian D. Wald LL.D.
1913 No Degrees Awarded  
1914 Commencement Anna Cheney Edwards Litt.D.
  A. Lyman Williston LL.D.
1915 No Degrees Awarded  
1916 Commencement Helen Frances Kimball M.A.
  Lucy Skidmore Scribner M.A.
1917 Commencement Nancy Jane Davis L.H.D.
  Adelia Gates Hensley L.H.D.
1918 No Degrees Awarded  
1919 Commencement Louise Baird Wallace Sc.D.
1920 No Degrees Awarded  
1921 Commencement Amy Farley Rowland M.A.
  Cornelia M. Clapp Sc.D.
  Annie Warburton Goodrich Sc.D.
  Julia C. Stimson Sc.D.
1922 No Degrees Awarded  
1923 Commencement Henrietta Edgecomb Hooker Sc.D.
  Marion Gaylord Atwell Litt.D.
  Lucy Hale Tapley Litt.D.
  Tetsu Yasui Litt.D.
1924 Commencement William Churchill Hammond Mus.D.
1925 Commencement Elizabeth Parsons Jones M.A.
  Emily White Smith M.A.
  Alice Browne Frame Litt.D.
  Matilda Calder Thurston Litt.D.
Founder’s Day Emily R. Bissell M.A.
  Joseph Allen Skinner L.H.D.
  Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Litt.D.
  Marion Edwards Park LL.D.
1926 Commencement Eleanor McDougall Litt.D.
  Alice Hamilton Sc.D.
  Esther Loring Richards Sc.D.
1927 Commencement Edith Wynne Kennedy M.A.
  Frances Perkins M.A.
  Caroline Ardella Yale LL.D.
1928 No Degrees Awarded  
1929 Commencement Olive Sawyer Hoyt Litt.D.
  Jesse Gilman Nichols Litt.D.
  Florence Matilda Read Litt.D.
  Florence Rena Sabin Sc.D.
1930 Commencement Edith Marion Coon Litt.D.
  Jane Louise Mesick Litt.D.
  Ruth Sears Pratt Litt.D.
1931-1932 No Degrees Awarded  
1933 Commencement Miriam F. Carpenter Litt.D.
  Linda A. Eastman Litt.D.
  William C. Hill Litt.D.
  Marjorie Hope Nicolson Litt.D.
  Ossip Gabrilowitsch Mus.D.
1934 Commencement Henry Albert Stimson Litt.D.
1935 Commencement Grace Abbott Litt.D.
  Meta Glass Litt.D
  Josephine Aspinwall Roche Litt.D.
  Jane Addams LL.D.
1936 Commencement Harriet Beardslee Prescott Litt.D.
  Florence Ellinwood Allen LL.D.
1937 Mount Holyoke College Centenary Katharine Blunt LL.D.
  Margery Corbett LL.D.
  Mary Redington Ely Litt.D.
  Margaret Ferguson Sc.D
  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Litt.D.
  Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve LL.D.
  Malvina Hoffman Litt.D.
  Yau Tsit Law Litt.D.
  Eva LeGallienne Litt.D.
  Mildred Helen McAfee LL.D.
  Margaret Shove Morriss LL.D.
  Anna Pell Sc.D.
  Eileen Power Litt.D.
  Aurelia Henry Reinhardt LL.D.
  Alice Ravenel Huger Smith Litt.D.
  Roberta Teal Swartz Litt.D.
  Margaret Tyler Sc.D.
  Leonie Villard Litt.D.
  Frances Lester Warner Litt.D.
  Emily Susan Wilson Litt.D.
Commencement Mary Ashby Cheek LL.D.
Founder’s Day Annie Jump Cannon Sc.D.
1938 Commencement William Allan Neilson LL.D.
1939-1940 No Degrees Awarded  
1941 Commencement Queen Juliana (Netherlands) LL.D.
1942-1946 No Degrees Awarded  
1947 Special Convocation (May) Elizabeth George LL.D.
Commencement John Lyon Collyer Sc.D.
  Katharine Elizabeth McBride LL.D.
1948 Commencement Harriett May Allyn LL.D.
  Margaret Elizabeth Conrad Sc.D.
  Frederick May Eliot LL.D.
1949 Commencement Herbert John Davis Litt.D.
1950 Commencement Marianne Moore Litt.D.
  Alva Reimer LL.D.
1951 Commencement Sarah Gibson Blanding LL.D.
  Helen Dalton Bragdon LL.D.
  Margaret Clapp LL.D.
  Eleanor Dewey Mason Sc.D.
1952 Commencement Emma Perry Carr Sc.D.
  Wallace Stevens Litt.D.
1953 Commencement Martha May Eliot LL.D.
1954 Commencement Helen Maud Cam LL.D.
  Helen Rogers LL.D.
1955 Commencement Margaret Morse Sc.D.
  Edward R. Murrow LL.D.
  Rosemary Park LL.D.
  Earl Warren LL.D
1956 Commencement Rosamond Cross LHD
  William Fulbright LL.D.
1957 Commencement Dorothy Westgate Gifford Sc.D.
  Roswell Gray Ham Litt.D.
  Frances Perkins LL.D.
  Pauline Tompkins LL.D.
1958 Commencement Marian Anderson Mus.D.
  Henry P. Kendall LHD
  Alexander Howard Meneely LL.D.
  Helen Sawyer Sc.D.
  Winthrop Hiram Smith LHD
  Benjamin Fletcher Write LL.D.
1959 Commencement Miriam Camp LL.D.
  Pauline Frederick LL.D.
  Beatrice Fry Hyslop Litt.D.
  Rosemond Tuve Litt.D.
1960 Commencement Olive Copeland MA
  Cora Du Bois LHD
  Mildred Trotter Sc.D.
  Birgit Vennesland Sc.D.
1961 Commencement Helen Childs LHD
  Maria Goeppert Sc.D
  Arthur Ryan LHD
  Katie Wilcos LHD
1962 Academic Convocation Ellsworth Bunker LL.D.
  Renuka Mukerji LHD
125th Anniversary Convocation (Nov. 8) Germaine Bree Agregation Litt.D.
  Millicent Carey LHD
  Ethel B. Dietrich LHD
  Eleanor Lansing Dulles LL.D.
  Madam Felisa Rincon de Gautier LL.D
  Ann Hatfield DFA
  Susanne K. Langer Litt.D.
  Harper Lee Litt.D.
  Janet Ward McArthur Sc.D.
  Mina Rees Sc.D.
  Mary Sears Sc.D.
  Marjorie Smith LHD
  Hon. Margaret Chase Smith LL.D.
1963 Commencement His Excellency U Thant LL.D.
1964 No Degrees Awarded  
1965 Commencement Virginia Apgar Sc.D.
  Katharine Butler Sc.D.
  Helen Vincent McLean Sc.D.
1966 Commencement Mary Higley MA
Founder’s Day Morris Carnovsky DFA
  Martha Hill DFA
  Lillian Gish DFA
  Lillian Hellman DFA
  Peggy Wood DFA
1967 Commencement Hedley Donovan Litt.D.
  Katherine Graham Litt.D.
  Robert McCloskey Litt.D.
  Louise Hall Tharp Litt.D.
  Anna Mary Wells Litt.D.
1968 Commencement Mary Gaver Litt.D.
  Francis Keppel Litt.D.
  Alma S. Jacobs Litt.D.
1969 No Degrees Awarded  
1970 Commencement Meribeth Elliott Cameron LL.D.
Founder’s Day Richard Glenn Gettell LL.D.
1971 Commencement Jean Sutherland Boggs Litt.D.
  Ada Louise Landman Litt.D.
  Phyllis Williams Litt.D.
  Georgia O’Keefe Litt.D.
  Phoebe Baroody Litt.D.
1972 Commencement Constance Endicott Hartt Sc.D.
  Margaret Atwood Judson Litt.D.
  Elizabeth Meredith Lee LHD
  Helen Swift Mitchell Sc.D.
  Barbara McClure White LL.D.
100th Anniversary of the Alumnae Association/ Founder’s Day (Nov. 12) Florence L. Anderson LHD
  Rachel Fuller Brown Sc.D.
  Ella Tambussi Grasso LL.D.
  Alice Kimball Smith LHD
  Anna Budd Ware LHD
  Emily Lippincott Wick Sc.D.
1973 Commencement Matina Souretis Horner LL.D.
  Grace Augusta Rotzel LHD
  Lucile Tomlinson Wessmann LHD
1974 No Degrees Awarded  
1975 Commencement Mary Eleanor Manchester LL.D.
  Lucy Weston Pickett Sc.D.
  Christianna Smith Sc.D.
Founder’s Day Jill Ker Conway LL.D.
  Carol Clendening Laise LL.D.
  Clare Boothe Luce LL.D.
  Helvi Sipila LL.D.
  Eudora Welty LHD
1976 Commencement Barbara Jean Betz Sc.D.
  Ruth Gill Van Cleve LL.D.
  Margaret Hastings Litt.D.
  Marjorie Fiske Lowenthal Sc.D.
  Elizabeth Peters Tidball LHD
Founder’s Day Julie Harris DFA
1977 Commencement Ruth Ida Abrams LL.D.
  Virginia Mayo Fiske Sc.D.
  Dorothy Hewitt Hutchinson LHD
  Mabel Murphy Smythe LHD
1978 Commencement Robert E. Barrett Bd. of Trustees Medal for Distinguished Service
  Vera Kistiakowsky Sc.D.
  Margaret McElderry Lunt L.H.D.
  Barbara F. Palser Sc.D.
  Jean E. Sammet Sc.D.
  David Bicknell Truman LL.D.
  Florence S. Schorske Wald L.H.D.
1979 Commencement Ellen Goodman L.H.D.
  Barbara Wetheim Tuchman Litt.D.
  Marjorie Seaton Hooper L.H.D.
  Elizabeth L. Eisenstein Litt.D.
Founder’s Day Mary E. Tuttle Bd. of Trustees Medal for Distinguished Service
1980 Commencement Beryl Robichaud Collins Sc.D.
  Romeo J. Grenier The Edward Hitchcock Bowl
  John W. Irving Litt.D.
  Catherine McArdle Kelleher Litt.D.
Founder’s Day Marina Whitman LL.D.
1981 Commencement Isabel Steele Blish L.H.D.
  Ann merchant Boesgaard Sc.D.
  Shirley Chisholm LL.D.
  Virginia Foster Durr L.H.D.
  Rosa Parks L.H.D.
  Catherine G. Roraback LL.D.
  Beverly Willis D.F.A.
Founder’s Day Jan DeGaetani D.Mus.
  Betty Parsons D.F.A.
1982 Commencement Mary Elizabeth Corning Sc.D.
  Alice Stone Ilchman LL.D.
  Elizabeth Storey Landis LL.D.
  Sergei A. Schelkunoff Sc.D.
Founder’s Day Flora Lewis Litt.D.
  Cyrus R. Vance LL.D.
  Baroness Janet Baker Young LL.D.
  Geoffrey T. Young Sc.D.
1983 Commencement Isabel Bishop D.F.A.
  Denis Johnston Litt.D.
  Ruth C. Lawson LL.D.
  George Steiner Litt.D.
  Zara Shakow Steiner Litt.D.
  Ruth Whittemore Sc.D.
Founder’s Day Alice Mitchell Rivlin LL.D.
  Nancy Hays Teeters LL.D.
  Phyllis Ann Wallace LL.D.
1984 Second Semester Convocation Bonnie Ethel Cone LH.D.
Commencement Marilyn Wong Fu D.F.A.
  Barbara Hinckley LL.D.
  Barbara B. Kennelly LL.D.
  Helen Padykula Sc.D.
Founder’s Day Mary Fieser Sc.D.
  Anna Jane Harrison Sc.D.
  Eleanor Tobey Milliken Sc.D.
  Berta Vogel Scharrer Sc.D.
Special Convocation, November Susanna Agnelli LL.D.
  Italo Calvino Litt.D.
1985 Commencement Margaret Atwood Litt.D.
  Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Sc.D.
  Siegried Achorn Centerwall L.H.D.
  Nadine Gordimer Litt.D.
  Winnie Mandela L.H.D.
  Gjertrud C. Schnackenberg Litt.D.
  Helen Wolff Litt.D.
Founder’s Day Sissela Bok LL.D.
  Shirley Hufstedler LL.D.
  Patricia Wald LL.D.
1986 Special Convocation, April Riccardo Muti Mus.D.
Commencement Brij Kumari Paul Batra Sc.D.
  Judith Voris Reppy LL.D.
  Ida Belle Sophia Scudder L.H.D.
  Xie Xide Sc.D.
1987 Commencement Maya Angelou L.H.D.
  David Baltimore Sc.D.
  Silvio O. Conte LL.D.
  Dolores Hayden L.H.D.
  Alice Shih-Hou Huang Sc.D.
  Kapila Vatsyayan D.F.A.
  Frances Cooper Volkmann Sc.D.
1988 Commencement Henry G. Cisneros L.H.D.
  James O. Freedman LL.D.
  Madeleine Kunin Ll.D.
  Margaret McCleary, S.P. L.H.D.
  Shulamit Ran D.F.A.
  Antoni Zygmund Sc.D.
1989 Commencement Glenn Close L.H.D.
  Matilda Stewart McIntire Sc.D.
  Ann Petry L.H.D.
  Adele Smith Simmons LL.D.
  Jean Sudrann L.H.D.
  William Julius Wilson LL.D.
Founder’s Day Louise George Clubb L.H.D.
  Ruth J. Dean L.H.D.
  Antonia Glasse L.H.D.
  Barbara Stoler Miller L.H.D.
  Dolores Prida L.H.D.
1990 Commencement Francoise Lievre Dieterlen Sc.D.
  Janet A. Emig L.H.D.
  Franklyn Jnifer LL.D.
  Ann Richardson L.H.D.
  Wendy Wasserstein L.H.D.
1991 Commencement Evelyn Fox Keller L.H.D.
  Mary Moore LL.D.
  Anna C. Roosevelt L.H.D.
  Helen Murphy Tepperman Sc.D.
  Jay Tepperman Sc.D.
  Sheila Widnall Sc.D.
1992 Founder's Day Soshitsu Sen LL.D.
  Romila Thapar L.H..D.
1992 Commencement Jean McPerson Bennett Sc.D.
  Catherine Higgs Milton L.H.D.
  Daphne Park LL.D.
  Patricia S. Schroeder LL.D.
1993 Commencement Judith Kurland L.H.D.
  Theodore R. Sizer L.H.D.
1994 Commencement Anne C. Edmonds L.H.D.
  Nita Melnikoff Lowey LL.D.
  Lorraine Monroe L.H.D.
  Felice N. Schwartz L.H.D.
  Michiko Nishiura Weglyn Litt.D.
1995 Commencement James Hadley Billington L.H.D.
  Sarah Caldwell L.H.D.
  Adele Mintz Dalsimer L.H.D.
  Helen W. Donovan Litt.D.
  Edmund Wyatt Gordon Gitt Sc.D.
  Susan Elizabeth Gitt Gordon Sc.D.
  Elizabeth Topham Kennan Litt.D.
  Ann Willis Richards LL.D.
1996 Commencement Marjorie Benedict Cohn D.F.A.
  Margaret W. Conkey L.H.D.
  Mary Maples Dunn L.H.D.
  Mary Luckett Murray L.H.D.
  Donna Shalala LL.D.
1997 Commencement Madeleine Korbel Albright LL.D.
  Linda Chavez-Thompson L.H.D.
  Aminata Sow Fall L.H.D.
  Anneli Cahn Lax Sc.D.
  Arturo Madrid L.H.D.
  Gloria Johnson Powell Sc.D.
1998 Commencement Mary E. Clutter Sc.D.
  Johnnetta B. Cole L.H.D.
  Anita L. DeFrantz LL.D.
  Nancy Gustafson D.F.A.
  Lillian M.C. Randall D.F.A.
1999 Special Ceremony at Pomona College, Claremont, CA Virginia Hamilton Adair L.H.D.
  Ama Ata Aidoo L.H.D.
  Frances Hall Miller LL.D.
  Roy Neuberger L.H.D.
  Anna Quindlen L.H.D.
  Nancy J. Vickers L.H.D.
2000 Commencement Roberta Guaspari Mus.D.
  Glenda A. Hatchet LL.D.
  Samuel R. Insanally LL.D.
  Dorothy Rooke McCulloch L.H.D.
  Mary Patterson McPherson L.D.D.
2001 Commencement Rita Rossi Colwell Sc.D.
  Susan D. Kare Sc.D.
  Suzan-Lori Parks D.A.
  Om Dutta Sharma L.H.D.
  Ruth J. Simmons L.H.D.
  Jean E. Taylor Sc.D.
2002 Commencement Ellen Baxter L.H.D.
  Claude de Renty du Granrut LL.D.
  Lila M. Gierasch Sc.D.
  Peter Gomes L.H.D.
  Noor, Queen of Jordan L.H.D.
2003 Commencement Judy Blume D.F.A.
  Jane Famiano Garvey L.H.D.
  Nancy Woodward Hendrie Sc.D.
  James A. Joseph L.H.D.
  Amartya Sen LL.D.
2004 Commencement Kim Campbell LL.D.
  Dorothy I. Height L.H.D.
  Nancy Skinner Nordhoff L.H.D.
  Nadine Strossen LL.D.
2005 Commencement Krisana Kraisintu Sc.D.
  Beverly Daniel Tatum L.H.D.
  Nina Totenberg L.H.D.
  Barbara Wilson Sc.D.
2006 Commencement Hilda Chen Apuy L.H.D.
  Kitty Iliopoulas Kyriacopoulas L.H.D.
  Joyce Carol Oates L.H.D.
  Eric Reeves L.H.D.
  Eugenie Scott Sc.D.
2007 Commencement Eleanor Reed Adair Sc.D.
  Debra Martin Chase D.A.
  Wendy Kopp L.H.D.
  Charles D. Swift LL.D.
2008 Commencement Carol Gilligan L.H.D.
  Mary W. Gray L.H.D.
  Charles Ogletree LL.D.
  Harriet Levine Weissman L.H.D.
2009 Commencement Loulwa al-Faisal al Saud, Princess of Saudi Arabia L.H.D.
  Mary McAleese LL.D.
  Clare Waterman Sc.D.
2010 Commencement Gail Collins L.H.D.
  Joanne V. Creighton L.H.D.
  Sheila Barshay Goldbloom L.H.D.
  Victoria Hale Sc.D.
2011 Commencement Martha Craven Nussbaum L.H.D.
  Margaret Marshall LL.D.
  Nancy Ahlberg Mellor L.H.D.
  Gordon H. Sato Sc.D.
2012 Commencement Malika Dutt (MHC 1983) L.H.D.
  Bernard LaFayette, Jr. L.H.D.
  Azar Nafisi L.H.D.
  Neil DeGrasse Tyson Sc.D.
2013 Commencement Joanne R. Lupton (MHC 1966) Sc.D.
  Mary C. Mazzio (MHC 1983) L.H.D.
  Kavita N. Ramdas (MHC 1985) L.H.D.
  Mona K. Sutphen (MHC 1989) L.H.D.