Honorary Degrees

Williams has conferred honorary degrees since 1795. All members of the college community are encouraged to make nominations, from which each year the Honorary Degrees Advisory Committee recommends to the full Board of Trustees a group of potential recipients who have excelled in diverse fields and stand as inspiring examples for our graduating students. Each year one recipient delivers the Commencement address, and one delivers the Baccalaureate address.

We invite your nominations for honorary degree recipients.

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First name Last name Degree Year
George P. Shultz LLD 2008
Douglas J. Bennet LLD 2007
Katherine A. Couric LLD 2007
Robert Engle LLD 2007
Shiranee Tilakawardane LLD 2007
Neil deGrasse Tyson DSC 2007
Edward O. Wilson DSC 2007
Charles Davis DFA 2006
William A. Finn LITTD 2006
Catharine Bond Hill LLD 2006
Ming Cho Lee DFA 2006
Elizabeth Lerman DFA 2006
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