Honorary Degrees

Williams has conferred honorary degrees since 1795. Any member of the college can make nominations, from which each year the Honorary Degrees Committee (made up trustees, faculty, staff, and students) recommends to the full Board of Trustees a group of five or six recipients who have excelled in diverse fields and stand as inspiring examples for our graduating students.

Nominations can be sent to the committee’s staff person, Jim Kolesar, assistant to the president for public affairs, at jkolesar@williams.edu.

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First name Last name Degree Year
Peter Martins DFA 2006
Roger Rees DFA 2006
Lloyd Richards DFA 2006
Julian Bond LHD 2005
Thomas L. Friedman LITTD 2005
Evelyn Glennie MUSD 2005
Ellsworth Kelly DFA 2005
Jhumpa Lahiri LITTD 2005
Joseph Lee Rice III LLD 2005
Sally Shaywitz DSC 2005
Nancy Hatch Dupree LHD 2004
Shirin Ebadi LLD 2004
Allan W. Fulkerson LLD 2004
Ellen V. Futter LHD 2004
Peter J. Gomes DD 2004
David Halberstam LITTD 2004
Anthony W. Marx LHD 2004
Michael Beschloss LHD 2003
James M. Burns LHD 2003
Gwen Ifill LHD 2003
Eric Lander DSC 2003
Thaddeus Lott LHD 2003
Monica Lozano LHD 2003
Paul A. Volcker LLD 2003
Norman Bourlaug, Ph.D. DSC 2002
Morris Dees LLD 2002
Frank Gehry LHD 2002
Raymond F. Henze III LLD 2002
Antonia Hernandez LLD 2002
Robert Moses LHD 2002
Anna Jacobson Schwartz LLD 2002
William G. Bowen LHD 2001
William H. Gray III LLD 2001
William H. Pierson, Jr. LHD 2001
Robert E. Rubin LLD 2001
Nancy Spero DFA 2001
Whitney S. Stoddard LHD 2001
James N. Wood DFA 2001
Jocelyn Bell-Burnell DSC 2000
Thomas R. Cech DSC 2000
Rita Colwell DSC 2000
Jenny Holzer DFA 2000
Anna Faith Jones LHD 2000
Daniel Kleppner DSC 2000
Donald E. Knuth DSC 2000
Mathilde Krim DSC 2000
George A. Miller DSC 2000
George J. Mitchell LLD 2000
William B.F. Ryan DSC 2000
Morton Owen Schapiro LLD 2000