Honorary Degrees Recipients

September 2013:  Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

May 2013Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Layli Miller-Muro, Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center.

May 2011: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory.

May 2011:  Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Leeland Strom, Chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration.

May 2010: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to L. Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.

December 2007: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Robert Rosner, Director, Argonne National Laboratory.

December 2007: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Abraham Verghese, Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

May 2003: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Hermann A. Grunder; Director, Argonne National Laboratory.

May 2001: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Herbert C. Brown, eminent chemist.

December 1999: Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 1998: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Tashia F. Morgridge, protagonist for child welfare and development and friend of the NIU College of Education.

May 1998: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to John D. Morgridge, leader in the informa¬tion-technology industry and friend of the NIU College of Education.

May 1997: Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) awarded to Robert M. Morris; distinguished public administrator and professional mentor.

December 1996: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; distinguished historian.

December 1995: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Paul Simon; United States Senator and advocate for persons with disabilities.

September 1995: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) awarded to Carl Sagan; astronomer and promoter of scientific literacy.

May 1994: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Sanford Meisner; eminent acting teacher.

December 1993: Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) awarded to Lucien H. Stryk; eminent poet and teacher, and retired member of the NIU Department of English.

December 1992: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Raya Garbousova; eminent cellist and teacher, and retired member of the NIU School of Music faculty.

May 1992: Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) awarded to Gwendolyn Brooks; Poet Laureate of Illinois.

December 1991: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) awarded to Alan Schriesheim; Director, Argonne National Laboratory.

May 1991: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) awarded to Robert W. Galvin; Chairman of the Board, Motorola, Inc.

December 1990: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Ardis Krainik; General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago.

August 1990: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Margaret ("Maggie") Kuhn; Founder, Gray Panthers.

October 1989: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) awarded to Mstislav Rostropovich; Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra; eminent conductor, cellist, and human-rights advocate.

May 1989: Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) awarded to Walter B. Massey; Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago; President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

May 1988: Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) awarded to Harry A. Blackman; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and friend of the NIU College of Law.

May 1987:  Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Samuel Goldich, eminent Geologist and retired member of the NIU Department of Geology.

May 1986:  Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Cyril O. Houle, Senior Program Consultant, W.K. Kellog Foundation and friend of the NIU Adult
Continuing Education Program.

August 1985:  Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Louis Bellson, eminent drummer and benefactor of the NIU School of Music.

May 1984:  Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) to Lawrence A. Cremin, President, Teachers College, Columbia University.

May 1983:  Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) to Leon Lederman, Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and recipient of the Wolf Prize in Physics and later Nobel laureate in physics.

Last updated: 09/18/2013.