Honorary degree recipients

Honorary degrees are typically awarded at Commencement to exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to specific fields such as The Arts, Public Life and Government, The Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Natural and Applied Sciences.

Year Recipient
2021 Jean Driscoll
2021 Marian Wright Edelman
2021 Michael Brown
2019 Burton, LeVar
2019 Rice, Jane E.
2019 Spinelli, Jerry '63 *Gettysburg College Medal
2018 Halstead, Rebecca Stevens
2018 Núñez, Francisco J.
2017 Cole, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch
2017 Cooper-White, Rev. Michael L.
2017 Slaoui, Dr. Moncef
2016 Gates, Robert
2016 Henderson, Wade
2016 Roberts, Steven V.
2016 Roberts, Corinne B. “Cokie”
2015 Bolden, Major General Charles F. Jr.
2015 Fielding, Fred Fisher '61 *Gettysburg College Medal of Honor
2015 Lamb, Brian P.
2014 Darpino, Flora '83
2014 Davis, Clive
2014 Holloway, Bishop Callon '76
2013 Bloch, Julia Chang
2013 Bryant, Jennifer ’82
2013 Gergen, David
2012 Mattson, Karl
2012 Novogratz, Jacqueline
2011 Dungy, Gwendolyn
2011 Coleman, Jr., William T.
2011 Griffin, Judith Berry
2011 Tyson, Neil deGrasse
2010 Bearss, Edwin
2010 DeGarmo, Todd
2010 Egger, Robert
2010 Schaper, Donna '69
2009 Bellamy, Carol '63
2009 Hunt, Al
2009 Woodruff, Judy
2009 Schama, Simon
2008 Featherstone, Rudolph '56
2008 Muchinsky, Paul '69
2008 O'Connor, Sandra Day
2007 Cardin, Shoshanna
2007 Gioia, Dana
2007 Grosvenor, Gilbert
2007 Prince, Harold
2006 Gordon, Bruce '68
2006 French, Peter '63
2006 Koehl, Mimi '70
2005 Spinelli, Jerry '63
2005 Shavlik, Donna
2004 Hartman, David W. '72 
2004 Kidd, Julie Johnson
2003 Bowers, Akiko
2003 Brubeck, David
2003 Rendell, Governor Edward
2003 Rendell, Marjorie O.
2002 Freedman, Donald B.
2002 Johnson, Carol R.
2002 Mitchell, George J.
2002 Wills, Garry
2001 Lusk, Gilbert H.
2001 Martinez, Melquiades
2001 Roizman, Owen
2000 Franklin, John Hope
2000 Kunkel, Louis M. ’71
2000 Siciliano, Marion Stiebel
2000 Siciliano, Rocco C.
1999 Carskadon, Dr. Mary A. ‘69
1999 Norris, Thomas C. ’60
1998 Goodling, Bill
1998 Odom, Jean W.
1998 Restak, Richard M. '62
1998 Rogers, Jr., Clarence B. '51
1998 Schultz, Richard D.
1998 Stuempfle, Jr., Rev. Herman G.
1997 Gilder, Richard
1997 Lehrman, Lewis E.
1997 Miller, Paul D., M.D.'65
1996 Ayres, Stephen M., M.D.  '51
1996 Cerf, Vinton G.
1996 Foltz, Rev. Frederick A.
1996 Keyser, Rev. E. Edward
1996 Spence, Jonathan D.
1995 Apple, Jr., R. W.
1995 Carter, Jr., Nathan M.
1995 Riley, Richard W.
1995 Wolford, Kathryn '79
1994 Bauer, Halo Wines '60
1994 Burns, Kenneth L.
1994 Lewis, Honorable John
1994 Rooney, Andrew
1993 Avery, Byllye Yvonne
1993 Gomez, Bishop Medardo E.
1993 Noonan, Patrick F.
1993 Robinson, Randall
1992 Chomsky, Noam
1992 Gaudiani, Claire L.
1992 Papp, Joseph
1992 Parry, Robert T.
1991 Dumeni, Bishop Kleopas
1991 Glatfelter, Philip H. III
1991 Krusche, Dr.Gunter
1991 Spinola, Ms. Anke
1990 Anderson, Charles E.  P '82
1990 Brenneman, Lavern H. '36
1990 Edmiston, Rev. Guy S., Jr. '59
1990 Hope, Bob
1990 Williams, Betty
1989 Moore, Ruth E.
1989 Shainline, John W. '47
1989 Walker, Wyatt Tee
1988 Berry, Mary F.
1988 Carson, Benjamin S., Sr.
1988 Chilstrom, Herbert W.
1988 Oates, Joyce Carol
1973 and 1987 Bowersox, Glen '42
1987 Fisher, Elissa L. '57
1987 Gardner, Edward G.
1987 Keillor, Garrison
1986 Brothers, Joyce D.
1986 Carol, Norman
1986 Galbreath, John W.
1986 Keeler, Bishop William H.
1986 Schaefer, William Donald
1986 Sheridan, Harriet W.
1985 Arole, Mabelle R.
1985 Arole, Rajanikant S.
1985 Geib, Richard E. '55
1985 Houseman, John
1984 Kuhn, Margaret E.
1984 Pew, R. Anderson
1984 Shughart, Dale F.
1984 Steinbruck, John F.
1984 Swearingen, John E.
1983 Bishop, J. Michael '57
1983 Clouser, Karl Danner '52
1983 Eklund, Coy
1983 Ford, Gerald R.
1983 Mechanic, Clarisse B.
1983 Smith, Virginia B.
1983 Stock, Earl Kresge '19
1982 Crim, Alonzo A.
1982 Curtis, Mark H.
1982 Hanson, C. Arnold
1982 Lewis, Drew
1982 Newell, Barbara W.
1982 Stamberg, Susan
1982 Vannorsdall, John Warren
1981 Asimov, Isaac
1981 Astin, Alexander W. '53
1981 Jordan, Richard E.
1981 Reilly, James Dunn
1981 Shannon, Rev. James G. '42
1980 Cox, Cordelia
1980 Peterson, Russell W.
1980 Rudisill, Glenn Hartman '39
1980 Simpson, Joseph T.
1980 Thornburgh, Richard L.
1979 Denton, Harold R.
1979 Evans, George Wesley, Jr. '55
1979 Marple, Dorothy J.
1979 Paterno, Joseph Y.
1979 Pritzker, A. N.
1978 Amstutz, Betty R.
1978 Apple, John A. '19
1978 Delp, George C.
1978 Mocko, Rev. George Paul
1978 Sirica, John T.
1978 Wagnild, Parker B.
1978 Wilson, Richard L.
1977 Ciavarell, Anthony G. '33
1977 Darrah, William Culp
1977 Schmitthenner, Samuel W. '48
1977 Shapiro, Irving S.
1977 Svendsbye, Lloyd
1976 Muller, Steven
1976 Preus, David W.
1976 Scranton, Ambassador William W.
1976 Sheads, Jacob Melchior '31
1976 Zumbrun, Rev. Morris Gordon '42
1975 Bergstresser, Kendig Wade '34
1975 Bjella, Arley R.
1975 Krug, Harry Victor '31
1975 Mansdorfer, George Bowers '25
1975 Oswald, John Wieland
1975 Rowan, Carl T.
1975 St. Clair, James Draper
1974 Behrens, William Wohlsen, Jr.
1974 Gentzler, W. Emerson '25
1974 Jacobsen, Hugh Newell
1974 Nevins, Arthur Seymour
1974 Ries, Rev. Eugene D. '47
1974 Seabrook, John M.
1973 Applebaum, Samuel
1973 and 1987 Bowersox, Glen '42
1973 Gilbert, W. Kent '41
1973 Senft, Kenneth C. '46
1973 Shuman, Charles R. '40
1973 Zimmerman, Rev. W. Russell
1972 Fischer, Thyra Waltham
1972 Goddard, Maurice K.
1972 Perry, Edward Kersten
1972 Quie, Albert H.
1972 Rhoads, Paul H.
1972 Williams, Ira
1972 Winters, Matthew Littleton
1971 Bell, Francis Randolph
1971 Haines, James Leon
1971 Klette, Immanuel J.
1971 MacPhail, John A.
1971 Petersen, Ralph Edward
1971 Settelmeyer, Fred H.
1971 Ziehl, Wilbur H.
1970 Baker, Joseph Jacob '40
1970 Eisenhower, Mamie Doud
1970 Ruths, Rev. Arthur Lamar '45
1970 Sadler, Wesley L.
1970 Scott, Hugh
1970 Spitz, C. Thomas, Jr.
1970 Ziegler, Rev. Edgar D. '33
1969 Charmbury, H. Beecher '36
1969 Colston, James A.
1969 Fry, Rev. Franklin Drewes
1969 Harkins, Rev. George F. '37
1969 Reinberger, Rev. Francis E.
1969 Rice, John Stanley '21
1969 Saby, John S. '42
1968 Fetter, Rev. Raymond L.
1968 Lucet, Charles E.
1968 Morris, Willie
1968 McCollough, Charles B. '15
1968 Peterson, Floyd D.
1968 Rasmussen, Norman C. '50
1968 Sassaman, Ira C.
1968 Singer, Rev. Rodger M. '38
1967 Baker, Minerva Taughinbaugh '17
1967 Brown, Harold
1967 Heaton, Surgeon Gen. Leonard D.
1967 Myers, Jacob Martin '27
1967 Pelikan, Jaroslov
1967 Taylor, William Sentman '15
1967 Whitaker, U.A.
1967 Wilde, Bertram Merbach
1966 Atwood, Sanford Soverhill
1966 Gamelin, Francis Clifford
1966 Hoover, Rev. David Rishell '42
1966 Kobayashi, Bert Takaai '38
1966 Taylor, Amos Elias '15
1966 Tilberg, Wilbur Emmanuel
1966 Whetstone, Rev. George Edward '38
1966 Young, Richard Stuart '48
1965 Brayman, Harold
1965 Glatfelter, Philip
1965 Klug, Rev. Carroll Sebastian '25
1965 MacAskill, Rev. Robert Alexander
1965 Marshall, Rev. Robert James
1965 Rasmussen, Howard '48
1965 Sateren, Leland Bernhard
1965 Whetstone , Rev. John William '34
1964 Cornelsen, Rufus
1964 Folkemer, Rev. Gordon '41
1964 Hampshire, John H.
1964 Miller, Rev. Raymond M. '35
1964 Patrick, William H. Jr. '16
1964 Schoitz, Fredrik A.
1964 Wiles, A. George David '29
1963 Brauer, Jerald C.
1963 Folkemer, Rev. Carl W. '37
1963 Hauser, John A.
1963 Kister, Frank '13
1963 Kunst, Bishop Hermann
1963 Lundeen, Malvin H.
1963 McCarney, Rev. Howard J. '42
1962 Bowers, Rev. George K. '37
1962 Horn, Rev. William M. '32
1962 Shaheen, Rev. Raymond
1962 Sittler, Joseph A.
1962 Steimle, Edmund Augustus
1961 Frey, Rev. Edward Snively '32
1961 Horting, Ruth Grigg
1961 Hudson, Catheryn Seckler
1961 Lemnitzer, Lyman Louis
1961 Luffberry, Henry B.
1961 Nyquist, Ewald B.
1961 Stackpole, Edward J.
1961 Toynbee, Arnold
1960 Albig, John William '21
1960 Baughman, Harry F. '10
1960 Blough, Roger M.
1960 Elson, Edward L. R.
1960 Frederick, Pauline
1960 Hackman, Rev. Augustus
1960 Hauge, Gabriel
1960 Truchses, Rev. Elmer P.
1959 Endress, Henry
1959 Flemming, Arthur Sherwood
1959 Ford, Thomas Henry
1959 Johnson, Rev. Warren Carl '31
1959 Keller, Hiram Harpel '01
1959 Nevins, Allan
1959 Seaton, Fred A.
1959 Sheely, W. Clarence
1959 Smith, Rev. Paul Heiges '34
1958 Andersen, Sigurd
1958 Bainton, Roland H.
1958 Bowers, John Z . '33
1958 Eisenhart, Marrin Herbert
1958 Evans, Rev. Luther Weltmer '25
1958 Fisher, Rev. Wallace E. '40
1958 Long, John C.
1958 Martin, Rev. Richard Byers '31
1958 Smith, Margaret Chase
1958 Yeagy, Rev. Arthur Elder Millar '32
1957 Catton, Bruce
1957 Himes, Joseph H. '06
1957 Reaser, Rev. Paul Louis '30
1957 Schroeder, Rev. Hugo '29
1957 Singmaster, James A. 1898
1957 Youngdahl, Luther W.
1956 Clutz, Rev. Frank Hiatt '28
1956 Cromer, Voight Rhodes
1956 Heiges, Rev. Donald Russell '31
1956 Keeny, Spurgeon M. '14
1956 Leader, George Michael '39
1956 Rhoades, Chester Hager
1956 Sunday, Rev. William Franklin '16
1956 Winston, Mildred Evelyn
1955 Day, Rev. William Charles '15
1955 Gunther, John
1955 Hazlett, Adam James '10
1955 Heinly, Rev. Warren C.
1955 Shearer, Francis Allen '24
1955 Wahl, William C.
1955 Wieboldt, Gustav W.M.
1954 Anderson, Rev. Lauri John '32
1954 Foulk, Rev. Paul Levi '22
1954 Hooper, John William
1954 Minehart, Thomas Zeno 1894
1954 Sheffer, Rev. George Elmer '12
1954 Tomlinson, William West
1954 Voss, Mrs. Carroll Schell
1954 Wolf, Robbin Bayard 1897
1953 Abbett, Robert William
1953 Dibelius, Frederick Karl Otto
1953 Gopal, Alberly Nathanael
1953 Hashinger, Rev. William Roy '15
1953 Oberly, Herman Sherman
1953 Smith, Stewart Harold '27
1953 Sternat, Rev. Henry Wich '20
1953 Stock, McClean 1900
1952 Borleis, Rev. John Henry August '15
1952 Hench, Rev. Seibert Lee '10
1952 Medenbach, Milton Herman
1952 Moore, John Royal
1952 Ostrom, John Ward '26
1952 Shimer, Rev. Frank Herbert '25
1952 Sunderman, Frederic L. William '19
1952 Williams, Alfred Hector
1951 Buller, Rev. Edvard Bard, Jr. '23
1951 Burkhard, Walter Edward
1951 Holl, Rev. Walden Martin
1951 Kain, George Hay 1897
1951 Killinger, William Glenn
1951 Lansberry, Thomas Franklin
1951 Stuff, Rev. John Calvin >29
1951 Swensen, Rev. Viggo <31
1950 Bingaman, Franklin Warren 1870
1950 Cole, Frank Thomas 1900
1950 Langsam, Walter Consuelo
1950 MacGregor, John Murdoch
1950 Melhorn, Rev. George I., Jr. '25
1950 Moore, Franklin
1950 Ruth, Rev. Frank William
1950 Wicker, Rev. Samuel Evaristus '15
1949 Brehm, Cloide Everert
1949 Edel, William Wilcox
1949 Fife, Rev. John Frank  '26
1949 Freed, Rev. Walter Bitner '30
1949 Horn, Rev. Edward Traill, III
1949 Hoyer, Louis P.
1949 Hutton, A. J. White 1897
1949 Rhoads, Rev. Luke Hamer
1948 Adams, Edwin Wesley
1948 Davies, Rev. William Van Horn '28
1948 Falkenstein, Rev. Elwood Solomon '21
1948 Gohn, Rev. Herman Franklin '24
1948 Hull, Arthur Hambleton
1948 Huntington, Rev. Parker William
1948 Jansen, William
1948 Miller, Luther D.
1947 Beers, George Lisle '21
1947 Friday, Rev. Frederick Whipp 1897
1947 Hines, Rev. Charles J. '04
1947 Neely, Rev. Gerald G.
1947 Robinson, Rev. Ralph Carleton '23
1947 Rockey, Keller Emerich '09
1947 Seibel, Rev. Frederick Robert '26
1946 Ehrhart, Rev. Kenneth Strine '25
1946 Eisenhower, President Dwight D.
1946 Hansen, Sister Martha
1946 Leidich, Rev. Otis Orville 1895
1946 Melchoir, D. Montfort '02
1946 Miller, Milton Valentine '11
1946 Monteros, Antonia Espincea '25
1946 Rudisill, Rev. Stewart Hartman '12
1946 Simon, Rev. Carl Robert '23
1946 Tabor, Rev. Louis Ralph '28
1946 Weaver, Samuel Pool '04
1945 Arnold, Rev. Clarence E. '07
1945 Fry, Rev. Franklin Clark
1945 Garrett, Rev. Wouter Van '16
1945 Gresh, Rev. Ralph R.
1945 Herman, Rev. Stewart W., Jr. '30
1945 Jepson, Sophia
1945 Keefauver, Lloyd C. '15
1945 McCarney, Rev. Guy E. '10
1945 Slifer, Rev. Luther W. '17
1945 Storrick, William C.
1944 Barnard, Alfred '15
1944 Binlc, Rev. Howard Frank '17
1944 Chamberlin, Rev. E. Allen '08
1944 Darden, Colgate Whitehead, Jr.
1944 Edge, Walter Evans
1944 Fulbright, James William
1944 Hagedorn, Rev. Ivan Carl '19
1944 Hare, J. Frank
1944 Laird, Rev. George Densmore '25
1944 Martin, Edward
1944 Stover, Clyde Bell  1894
1944 Yost, Rev. Hugh Eugene '24
1943 Harding, Rev. William 1888
1943 Jacobsson, Per
1943 Knittel, Rev. John Freeze 1900
1943 Putman, Rev. Dwight Frederick '20
1943 Rinard, Rev. Herbert Adron '03
1943 Seebach, Margaret Himes 1894
1943 Sorrick, Rev. Raymond Clyde '25
1943 Wright, William Albert Earl '23
1942 Creager, Rev. Harold Luther '18
1942 Gladfelter, Millard Elwood '25
1942 Glaes, James Schaffer '16
1942 Hartman, Rev. Herbert H. '01
1942 Heilman, Rev. Harry H.
1942 James, Arthur H.
1942 Jones, Walter A.
1942 Manken, Rev. Henry, Jr.
1942 Reinartz, Rev. Frederick Eppling '24
1942 Sammel, Rev. William Raymond '16
1941 Aurand, Rev. Charles Greenough '10
1941 Morrison, Whitelaw R.
1941 Mumper, Rev. Jacob Harold '21
1941 Musser, Paul Howard
1941 Saul, Rev. Harry Luther '18
1941 Schultz, Rev. Frantz Siegel 1890
1941 Siegart, Rev. William Raymond
1941 Stoughton, Clarence C.
1941 Stup, Rev. Grayson Zacharias 1895
1940 Diehl, Rev. William Kleinfelter 1886
1940 Hauser, Rev. Ernest Roy '12
1940 Kamzinger, Rev. Albert C.
1940 Market, James Clyde 1900
1940 Neal, Rev. Clarence Arthur '20
1940 Quay, Rev. Paul Wilson '15
1940 Raby, Clarence L. S. '09
1940 Wentz, Rev. Abdel Ross '04
1939 Baker, Milton Grafly
1939 Barkley, Rev. William Wallace '04
1939 Bowersox, Rev. George Edward '10
1939 Cohaugh, Bruce Urban Parker >05
1939 Geisel, Horace
1939 Heim, Rev. George Robert '13
1939 Keller, Rev. Lloyd Monroe '20
1939 Pfohl, Rev. Arthur J.
1939 Seebach, Rev. Julius Frederick 1894
1939 Zimmerman, Leander M. 1884
1938 Baber, Rev. Charles Wolf '15
1938 Dean, Rev. Oscar Carl '08
1938 Gotwald, Rev. Luther Alexander '18
1938 Hoshour, Harvey Sheely '10
1938 Lang, Rev. Robert Luther '17
1938 Lantz, Charles Philip '08
1938 Peter, Luther Crouse 1891
1938 Remsberg, Rev. Wilson Lee '74
1938 Sieber, Paul Rothrock '07
1938 Wagner, Rev. Paul Schleppy '15
1937 Bookstaber, Rabbi Philip David
1937 Cook, Albert S. 1895
1937 Dunbar, Paul Brown '04
1937 Einspruch, Rev. Henry
1937 Fink, Rev. James Russell '17
1937 Hausknecht, Victor Budd '09
1937 Knubel, Rev. Frederick Ritscher '18
1937 Kopp, Charles Leonard '09
1937 Rudisill, Rev. Jacob Emmanuel '16
1937 Sharp, Rev. Haur Hall '04
1936 Aberly, Rev. John 1888
1936 Birch, Thomas Bruce 1891
1936 Douglas, Lloyd C.
1936 Fausold, Samuel '10
1936 Meisenhelder, Rev. Robert Lewis 1895
1936 Mercer, E. Leroy
1936 Miller, Edgar Grim '11
1936 Schillinger, Rev. George William '17
1936 Tome, Rev. John Supplee '16
1936 Trowbridge, Rev. Charles R. 1882
1936 Weidley, Rev. Paul Albert '16
1935 Clark, Dean Charles Edward
1935 Diehl, Harold Sheely '12
1935 Grove, Rev. E. Martin '19
1935 Hamsher, Rev. M. Roy '04
1935 Ritz, Rev. B. Clinton '13
1935 Rudisill, Rev. Earl S. '12
1935 Van Ormer, Rev. A.B. Bunn
1934 Chambers, William Grant
1934 Dollman, Rev. Harry S. '08
1934 Grant, Col. Ulysses S., III
1934 Lee, George Bolling
1934 Rothrock, John L. 1885
1934 Shindler, Rev. Charles N. '10
1934 Simonton, Rev. Chester S. '16
1934 Weigle, Rev. Luther A. 1900
1933 Bagger, Rev. Henry H.
1933 Coble, Arthur B. 1897
1933 Gearhart, Rev. Robert H., Jr. '10
1933 Manges, Rev. Edmund L. '08
1933 McAllister, G. F.
1933 Peters, Stacy E.
1933 Swartz, Herman F. 1891
1932 Bowman, Rev. Earl J. '24
1932 Burger, Rev. Sylvester C. 1895
1932 Dickson, J. McCrea '08
1932 Gold, Rev. Howard R.
1932 Hoover, President Herbert C.
1932 Meisenhelder, Edmund W. 1898
1932 Ney, Rev. William Cramp '02
1932 Reckford, Frank F. D.
1932 Stine, Rev. Milton H. '77