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Honorary Degrees Conferred

All biographical information is current for the time period the honorary degree was conferred.

Year Individual Degree
1917 Wilbur Fiske Massey Doctor of Science
1925 Charles E. Waddell Doctor of Science
1926 Thomas Nelson Doctor of Science
1929 Stuart Warren Cramer Doctor of Science
  William Dollison Faucett Doctor of Science
1932 O. Max Gardner Doctor of laws
  James A. Powell Doctor of Science
  Reuben Robertson Doctor of Science
1937 Weightman Wells Garner Doctor of Science
  Arthur Ernest Morgan Doctor of Engineering
1938 Charles I. Burkholder Doctor of Engineering
  William McKinney Piatt Doctor of Engineering
1939 Stephen Cole Bruner Doctor of Science
  Junius Sidney Cates Doctor of Agriculture
  Adrianus J.L. Mortiz Doctor of Science
  Benjamin Brown Gossett  
  (October) Wallace Carl Riddick Doctor of Engineering
1940 Clement Leinster Garner Doctor of Engineering
  Charles Albert Cannon Doctor of Textile Science
1941 Richard Thurmond Chatham Doctor of Textile Science
  Roger Vernon Terry Doctor of Engineering
1942 Carle Clark Zimmerman Doctor of Science
  (October) Graham Hudson Anthony Doctor of Engineering
  Thomas Kenneth Mail Doctor of Engineering
  Charles William Burkett Doctor of Science
1943 Wilbert James Carter Doctor of Textile Science
  Benjamin Wesley Kilgore Doctor of Science
  Thomas Alfred Morgan Doctor of Engineering
1944 David Clark Doctor of Textile Science
  Louis Valvelle Sutton Doctor of Engineering
1945 Dudley Warren Bagley Doctor of Agriculture
  William Carey Lee Doctor of Military Science
  Arthur Mills Dixon Doctor of Textile Science
1946 Victor Arthur Rice Doctor of Agriculture
  Roger Williams Doctor of Engineering
  James Edward Millis Doctor of Textile Science
1947 John Redd Hutcheson Doctor of Agriculture
  Charles Burt Stainback Doctor of Engineering
  Harry H. Strasu Doctor of Engineering
  John Washington Clark Doctor of Textile Science
1948 James Morgan Sherman Doctor of Agriculture
  William Henry Sullivan Doctor of Engineering
  Thomas Everett Browne Doctor of Vocational Ed
  Franklin Warren Hobbs Doctor of Textile Science
1949 William Kerr Scott Doctor of Agriculture
  Felix Stanton Hales Doctor of Engineering
  Albert Gallatin Myers Doctor of Textile Science
1950 Harry J. Reed Doctor of Science
  Frank Porter Graham Doctor of Humanities
  Clyde Atkinson Erwin Doctor of Vocational Ed.
  Clyde Alvin Dillon Doctor of Engineering
  John Flood Matheson Doctor of Textile Science
1951 Ira Obed Schaub Doctor of Agriculture
  Clarence Poe Doctor of Agriculture Ed.
  Harry Parker Hammond Doctor of Engineering
  Colin George Spencer Doctor of Forest Science
  Frederick Bonnett Doctor of Textile Science
1952 Junius Greene Adams Doctor of Agriculture
  Luther Wilson Greene Doctor of Engineering
  Carl Alvin Schenck Doctor of Forest Science
  William Hagwood Ruffin Doctor of Textile Science
1953 Lynton Yates Ballentine Doctor of Agriculture
  Walter Gropius Doctor of Architecture
  John Warren Smith Doctor of Vocational Ed.
  George William Gullette Doctor of Engineering
  Inman Fowler Eldredge Doctor of Forest Science
  Herman Cone Doctor of Textile Science
1954 John William Turrentine Doctor of Agriculture
  R. Buckminster Fuller Doctor of Design
  John William Harrelson Doctor of Education
  James Thomas Ryan Doctor of Engineering
  Walter Julius Damtoft Doctor of Forest Science
  Robert Ten Broeck Stevens Doctor of Textile Science
1955 James Harold Hilton Doctor of Science
  Victor Silas Bryant Doctor of Humanities
  Luther Hartwell Hodges Doctor of Laws
  Edward Eastman Clayton Doctor of Science
  Elwood Leonard Demmon Doctor of Science
1956 James Harold Linebarger Doctor of Humanities
  George Waddell Snedecor Doctor of Science
  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Doctor of Laws
  Lillian Lee Vaughn Doctor of Laws
1957 Leroy Argius Brothers Doctor of Science
  Thomas Dolliver Church Doctor of Laws
  Harold D. Cooley Doctor of Laws
  Wilson Durward Leggett Doctor of Science
  Clifford Willard Tilson Doctor of Humanities
1958 Halbert McNair Jones Doctor of Humanities
  William Gardner Van Note Doctor of Science
  Conrad Louis Wirth Doctor of Humanities
1959 Willard Holden Darst Doctor of Science
  Henry Burton Robinson Doctor of Science
  Francis Xavier Schumacker Doctor of Science
  Carl Cleveland Taylor Doctor of Humanities
1960 William Dunford Appel Doctor of Science
  Jonathan Worth Daniels Doctor of Humanities
  Granville Moorman Reed Doctor of Science
  Oliver Reagan Rowe Doctor of Humanities
  Burrhus Frederic Skinner Doctor of Sciences
  Thomas Benton Upchurch Doctor of Humanities
1961 John Columbus Cowan Doctor of Humanities
  Frederick Carlton Gardner Doctor of Science
  Irvine Theodore Haig Doctor of Science
  Thelma Howell Doctor of Science
  Thomas Franklin Parker Doctor of Science
1962 Sterling Brown Hendricks Doctor of Science
  Lennox Polk McLendon Doctor of Humanities
  Laurence Hasbrouck Snyder Doctor of Humanities
  Raymond Albert Wheeler Doctor of Science
1963 George McMillan Darrow Doctor of Science
  Terry Sanford Doctor of Humanities
  Eli Sternberg Doctor of Humanities
  Bertram Whittier Wells Doctor of Science
1964 Henry Armfield Foscue Doctor of Humanities
  William Dallas Herring Doctor of Humanities
  Louis Isadore Kahn Doctor of Humanities
  Lillian Parker Wallace Doctor of Humanities
  David Stathem Weaver Doctor of Humanities
1965 Leonard David Baver Doctor of Science
  Charles Francis Goldthwait Doctor of Science
  Jasper Leonidas Stuckey Doctor of Science
  John Harold Lampe Doctor of Science
1966 James Gordon Hanes Doctor of Humanities
  James Herbert Jensen Doctor of Science
  Rudolph Ivey Mintz Doctor of Laws
  Charles Scott Mitchell Doctor of Science
  Frances Gray Patton Doctor of Humanities
1967 David Stanton Coltrane Doctor of Humanities
  Verne Lester Harper Doctor of Science
  George Richard Herbert Doctor of Science
  Joseph Grant Knapp Doctor of Science
  Francis P. W. Winteringham Doctor of Science
1969 none  
1970 none  
1971 none  
1972 Gordon Kennedy Middleton Doctor of Science
1973 none  
1974 none  
1975 John Tyler Caldwell Doctor of Laws
1976 none  
1977 none  
1978 none  
1979 Lodwick Charles Hartley Doctor of Humanities
1980 none  
1981 none  
1982 none  
1983 none  
1984 Theodore W. Schultz Doctor of Humane Letters
1984 Theodore W. Schultz Doctor of Humane Letters
1985 Harwell H. Harris Doctor of Fine Arts
  Samuel D. Proctor Doctor of Humane Letters
1986 Phillip M. Smith Doctor of Science
1987 none  
1988 Richard G. Walser Doctor of Humane Letters
1989 Gertrude B. Elion Doctor of Science
1990 none  
1991 Nyle C. Brady Doctor of Science
  William C. Friday Doctor of Public Service
12/1992 Eugene Butler Doctor of Agriculture
5/1993 George Wallace Giles Doctor of Sciences
12/1993 Ernest L. Boyer Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1994 John Hope Franklin Doctor of Humane Letters
  Frank Hawkins Kenan Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1994 Benjamin S. Carson, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Edward E. Hood, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1995 William Brantley Aycock Doctor of Humane Letters
  Gen. Maxwell Reid Thurman Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1995 Raymond H. Dawson Doctor of Humane Letters
  Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1996 Fred McFeely Rogers Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1996 Prezell R. Robinson Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1997 none  
12/1997 Albert Carnesale Doctor of Humane Letters
  Ben Rankin Morris Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1998 Hugh Shelton Doctor of Humane Letters
  Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
12/1998 Nicholaas Bloembergen Doctor of Sciences
  Joab L. Thomas Doctor of Humane Letters
5/1999 Kaye Gibbons Doctor of Humane Letters
  Kathryn Stinson Doctor of Sciences
12/1999 John Thomas Biggers Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2000 Reverend Billy Graham Doctor of Humane Letters
  Donna Shalala Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2000 Ray C. Anderson Doctor of Humane Letters
  F. Albert Cotton Doctor of Sciences
  Peter C. Doherty Doctor of Sciences
  Theodore M. Hesburgh Doctor of Humane Letters
  Hipolito Mejia Doctor of Humane Letters
  Vernon Owens Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2001 T. Ming Chu Doctor of Sciences
  Harm J. de Blij Doctor of Humane Letters
  Walter Fitch Doctor of Sciences
  Jane Henney Doctor of Humane Letters
  Neal Lane Doctor of Sciences
  Ruby Vann Crumpler McSwain Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2001 Hon. James B. Hunt Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert H. Buckman Doctor of Humane Letters
  Alan T. Dickson Doctor of Humane Letters
  Charles E. Hamner Doctor of Humane Letters
  Larry K. Monteith Doctor of Humane Letters
  Douglas M. Orr Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2002 Dr. James P. Comer Doctor of Humane Letters
  Dr. James J. Duderstadt Doctor of Sciences
  Ms. Lee Smith Doctor of Fine Arts
  Mr. William James Raspberry Doctor of Humane Letters
  Dr. Charles M. Vest Doctor of Sciences
12/2002 Dr. James Goodnight Doctor of Sciences
  Mr. Thomas Karl Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2003 Ken Burns Doctor of Fine Arts
  Edward Carroll Joyner Doctor of Humane Letters
  William G. Hill Doctor of Sciences
  Cyma Rubin Doctor of Fine Arts
12/2003 Shirley Ann Jackson Doctor of Sciences
  Dan K. McNeill Doctor of Humane Letters
  John P. Sall Doctor of Sciences
  E. Travis York Doctor of Sciences
5/2004 Eva Clayton Doctor of Humane Letters
  Harvey K. Littleton Doctor of Fine Arts
  Steve Wozniak Doctor of Sciences
12/2004 Richard Benedick Doctor of Sciences
  Robert Ward Doctor of Fine Arts
  R. Scott Wallinger Doctor of Sciences
5/2005 Johnnetta B. Cole Doctor of Humane Letters
  Richard Meier Doctor of Fine Arts
  Patrick A. Moore Doctor of Sciences
12/2005 Dean Kamen Doctor of Sciences
  W. Duke Kimbrell Doctor of Humane Letters
  Hugh Morton Doctor of Humane Letters
  William R. McNeal Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2006 Ralph Cicerone Doctor of Sciences
  David Effron Doctor of Fine Arts
  J. Stuart Hunter Doctor of Sciences
  Daniel McFadden Doctor of Sciences
  John Ruffin Doctor of Sciences
  George Tolley Doctor of Sciences
12/2006 Roscoe R. Braham, Jr. Doctor of Sciences
  Lynn Margulis Doctor of Sciences
  Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Doctor of Humane Letters
  Rex M. Nettleford Doctor of Fine Arts
5/2007 Kenneth Olden Doctor of Sciences
  Eduardo Catalano Doctor of Fine Arts
  Roger Milliken Doctor of Sciences
12/2007 David H. Blackwell Doctor of Sciences
  Walter Royal Davis Doctor of Humane Letters
  Billy Ray Hall Doctor of Humane Letters
  Arlinda F. Locklear Doctor of Humane Letters
  Arthur Tab Williams Doctor of Humane Letters
  Gianfranco Zaccai Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2008  Pat Mora Doctor of Humane Letters
  Richard G. Robb Doctor of Humane Letters
  C.D. Spangler, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2008  Freeman A. Hrabowski, III Doctor of Sciences 
  Carl Wieman Doctor of Sciences
 5/2009 John Seely Brown Doctor of Sciences
  Sarita E. Brown Doctor of Humane Letters
  Wayne A. Fuller Doctor of Sciences
 12/2009 Jack Ward Thomas Doctor of Sciences
  G. Smedes York Doctor of Humane Letters
 5/2010 I. King Jordan Doctor of Humane Letters
  Charlie Rose Doctor of Humane Letters
  William Julius Wilson Doctor of Humane Letters
 12/2010 Deanna Bowling Marcum Doctor of Humane Letters
  Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Doctor of Humane Letters
  Richard Sapper Doctor of Fine Arts
 5/2011 Robert Weiss Doctor of Fine Arts
  James E. Rogers Doctor of Humane Letters
12/2011 Ray A. Buchanan Doctor of Humane Letters
  Rajendra K. Pachauri Doctor of Sciences
  Robert G. Stanton Doctor of Sciences
5/2012 Robert B. Jordan III Doctor of Sciences
  David H. Murdock Doctor of Sciences
12/2012 James H. Woodward Doctor of Sciences
5/2013 Indra Nooyi Doctor of Humane Letters
  Michael Wingfield Doctor of Sciences
12/2013 Tony Badger Doctor of Humane Letters
  Hayden White Doctor of Humane Letters
5/2014 David Ferriero Doctor of Humane Letters
  Thomas Sayre Doctor of Fine Arts