Past Recipients-Honorary Degrees - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Honorary Degree Recipients

Carnegie Mellon University issued its first honorary degree in 1914, a Doctor of Engineering degree to William McConway. Since then, CMU has continued to recognize individuals who have achieved preeminent levels of distinction in their fields and who have made extraordinary contributions to society.

Below is a list of recent keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. For further history, contact University Events.


* Alan Alda (also Keynote Speaker)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Joyce Kozloff (A 1964)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Kai-Fu Lee (CS 1988 and Past Faculty)—Doctor of Business Practice
* Stephen Schwartz (A 1968)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Carl E. Wieman—Doctor of Science and Technology


* Manfred Honeck—Doctor of Fine Arts
* John Wells (A 1979)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Telle Whitney—Doctor of Science and Technology


* Jared L. Cohon—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Jules Fisher (A 1960)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Charles M. Geschke (S 1973)—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Mark A. Nordenberg—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Ratan N. Tata—Doctor of Business Practice
* Charles M. Vest—Doctor of Science and Technology


* Renée Fleming—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Temple Grandin—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Ruth Gruber—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Daniel Kahneman—Doctor of Business Practice
* Richard P. Simmons—Doctor of Science and Technology


* Craig Barrett—Doctor of Science and Technology                                
* Steven Bochco (A 1966)—Doctor of Fine Arts                          
* Chip Ganassi, Jr.—Doctor of Science and Technology              
* Rick Rashid—Doctor of Science and Technology                                                                                 
* David Servan-Schreiber (CS 1989, 1990)—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Rafael Rangel Sostmann—Doctor of Humane Letters
* David Steiner (E 1951)—Doctor of Business Practice
* Oliver Eaton Williamson (TPR 1962, 1964)—Doctor of Economics and Organization


* Chester Gordon Bell—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Robert H. Dennard (E 1958)—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Barbara Luderowski—Doctor of Fine Arts
* James H. Simons—Doctor of Business Practice


* Thomas Detre, M.D.—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Keith Lockhart (A 1983)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Phylicia Rashad—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Harold T. Shapiro—Doctor of Public Policy
* Eric Schmidt—Doctor of Science and Technology


* Norman R. Augustine—Doctor of Public Policy
* Jeffrey P. Bezos—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Elizabeth Catlett—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Nam Pyo Suh (E 1964)—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Patrick Suppes—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Al Gore—Doctor of Humane Letters


* Helen S. Faison—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Wilton A. Hawkins (E 1948)—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Paolo Lugari—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Gerald C. Meyers (E 1950, TPR 1954)—Doctor of Business Practice
* Earl Wild (A 1937)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* William H. Cosby, Jr.—Doctor of Humane Letters


* Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned—Doctor of Humane Letters
* Jonathan Borofsky (A 1964)—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Vartan Gregorian—Doctor of Humane Letters
* John L. Hall (S 1956, 1958, 1962)—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Jeffrey Romoff—Doctor of Science and Technology
* Bud Yorkin (E 1948)—Doctor of Fine Arts


* Mel Bochner—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Robert Dickinson—Doctor of Fine Arts
* Jessie Gruman—Doctor of Public Policy