Past Rutgers University Honorary Degree Recipients

This list of honorary degree recipients is sortable by last name, year conferred, and degree type. Click on the title of the column to sort the list by that particular content.

We have added the honorary degree citations for some of our recipients. Click on the Citation images, where shown, to read them.

Last name First name Year Degreesort descending Citation
Wescott Glenway 1963 Doctor of Letters
Coles Robert 1977 Doctor of Letters
Blackman Samuel Garrison 1964 Doctor of Letters
Bunch Lonnie G. 2013 Doctor of Letters
Burnham Walter Dean 1982 Doctor of Letters
Mumford Lawrence Quincy 1956 Doctor of Letters
Blackmur Richard Palmer 1958 Doctor of Letters
Roe Robert A. 1993 Doctor of Letters
Kenyon Cecelia M. 1976 Doctor of Letters
Nagel Ernest 1967 Doctor of Letters
Burns Eveline M. 1981 Doctor of Letters
Block Herbert Lawrence 1963 Doctor of Letters
Shahn Ben 1964 Doctor of Letters
Peyre Henri Maurice 1957 Doctor of Letters
White, Jr. Lynn 1979 Doctor of Letters
Nannes Caspar 1966 Doctor of Letters
Piel Gerard 1961 Doctor of Letters
Blume Judy 2010 Doctor of Letters
Ellison Ralph Waldo 1966 Doctor of Letters
Piñon Nélida 1998 Doctor of Letters
Thomson Virgil 1956 Doctor of Letters
Epstein Benjamin 1965 Doctor of Letters
Pinsky Robert 2000 Doctor of Letters
Threlkeld Curtis Hugh 1957 Doctor of Letters
McCormick Richard P. 1982 Doctor of Letters
Roth Philip 1987 Doctor of Letters
Cowdrey Mary Bartlett 1964 Doctor of Letters
Bon Jovi Jon 2015 Doctor of Letters
Showalter Elaine 2001 Doctor of Letters
McDonough Roger Henry 1956 Doctor of Letters
Wicker Thomas Grey 1970 Doctor of Letters
Cowen David Laurence 1984 Doctor of Letters
Boocock Philip Milledoler Brett 1966 Doctor of Letters
Caldwell William Anthony 1967 Doctor of Letters
Wideman John Edgar 1991 Doctor of Letters
Rukeyser Muriel 1961 Doctor of Letters
Cameron Donald Forrester 1956 Doctor of Letters
Nicolson Marjorie Hope 1964 Doctor of Letters
Bowen Catherine Drinker 1967 Doctor of Letters
McPhee John Angus 1988 Doctor of Letters
Boyd Hugh Newell 1970 Doctor of Letters
Quarles Benjamin 1976 Doctor of Letters
Hannah-Jones Nikole 2022 Doctor of Letters
Meier August 1994 Doctor of Letters
Wilson August 1996 Doctor of Letters
Cunningham John T. 1974 Doctor of Letters
Boyd Julian Parks 1956 Doctor of Letters
Ackerman Raymond 2016 Doctor of Letters
Melcher Frederic Gershom 1958 Doctor of Letters
Bailyn Bernard 1976 Doctor of Letters

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