​Honorary Degree Recipients

Each year Babson honors individuals with an honorary degree at the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

An honorary degree is the highest accolade a college or university can bestow. Babson’s first honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, was presented in 1959. While the award specifics are unique to each person, a common trait of all recipients is their commitment to service in its broadest sense.

We have honored a variety of prominent individuals from various backgrounds, including entrepreneurship, business, government, literature and journalism, the arts, philanthropy, and sports, as well as former faculty, presidents, trustees and, most notably, our own distinguished alumni.

Stay tuned for the 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients to be announced.

Recipient

Degree

Maj. Gen. George H. Akin, Ret.D.P.A. Doctor of Public Administration
Mr. Vernon R. AldenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Robert E. AllenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert O. AndersonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Edith Y. BabsonL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Katherine L. Babson, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Brian M. BarefootHonorary LLD
Mr. Percy BarnevikLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert L. BartleyLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles C. BartonDoctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Peter BellLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Carolyn Shaw BellLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Marisa BellisarioLL.D. Doctor of Laws
The Hon. Craig Robert BensonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Doris Fleischman BernaysLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Edward L. BernaysLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Fabio BertarelliLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Deborah BialL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Bennett E. BidwellLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert O. F. BixbyHonorary LLD
Mr. Peter M. BlackLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Arthur M. BlankLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Rolf BlochLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ernest BoyerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Myles BrandL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Tory BurchL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. W. Randolph BurgessLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. James E. BurkeLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Sarah CaldwellLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Erwin D. CanhamLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert R. Carmichael, Jr.
Dr. James I. Cash, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Alfred Dupont Chandler, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Franklin Chang-DiazLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Peggy CharrenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. C. Roland ChristensenL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Ewan ClagueLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Catherine B. ClearyLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Kevin Colleran ’​​03LL.D. Doctor of Laws
The Hon. Manuel F. CohenL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Abram T. CollierDoctor of Literature
Mr. Chauncey W. CookLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Rudolph F. CrewLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William H. Cruickshank, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John M. DaigleDoctor of Commercial Science
Mrs. Phyllis Burke DavisLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John S. DayLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. William R. DillL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. James F. Dillon, Jr.Bachelor of Science
Mr. William DraytonL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Donna L. DubinskyHonorary LLD
Mr. John T. DunlopLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Maria EitelL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Lloyd Warren ElstonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Roger A. EnricoLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Katherine W. FanningL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Jarvis FarleyLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. George FeldenkreisHonorary LLD
Mr. John J. FernandesHonorary LLD
Maestro Arthur FiedlerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Paul FiremanLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Beatrice A. FitzpatrickDoctor of Commercial Science
Malcolm S. ForbesDoctor of Journalism
Mr. Edsel B. Ford IILL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. James M. GavinLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Daniel F. GerberLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Cecily M. GlavinL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. William F. GlavinLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Eli GoldstonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Joseph J. Grano, Jr.Honorary LLD
Mr. William D. GreenHonorary LLD
Mr. Culver H. GriffinBachelor of Science
Mr. John Austin GronouskiLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Alfred M. GruentherLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Albert F. HaasBachelor of Science
Mr. Frederic C. HamiltonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Anne HawleyL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Marian L. HeardLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Bruce D. HendersonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Leo I. Higdon, Jr.L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Richard D. HillLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Gary HirschbergHonorary LLD
Mr. Luther H. Hodges, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Reid G. HoffmanLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Lee A. IacoccaLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Estefano E. Isaias, Sr.Honorary LLD
The Honorable Maynard H. JacksonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Natalie JacobsonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Franklyn G. JeniferLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. George E. JohnsonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Howard W. JohnsonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. K. C. JonesD.P.A. Doctor of Public Administration
Mr. William S. KanagaLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Rosabeth Moss KanterL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Guy KawasakiHonorary LLD
Mr. David T. KearnsLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Marion S. KelloggLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Donald M. KendallLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Senator Edward KennedyLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Nannerl O. KeohaneLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Senator John F. KerryLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. John KnowlesLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles G. KochLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Elizabeth KochLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert K. KraftHonorary LLD
Dr. Henry A. KriebelLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Raymond C. KurzweilL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Sherry Ann LansingL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mrs. Mary Wells LawrenceLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Lewis E. LehrmanLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Laurence LesserL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert E. Linnell Sr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Sol Myron LinowitzLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Andronico C. Luksic, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Peter S. LynchLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert E. MaddenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Joan Manley-HoultonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William F. Markey, Jr.Honorary LLD
Ms. Ellyn A. McColganLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Roseanna H. MeansL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Wayne C. Middleton
Mr. Lawrence W. MilasHonorary LLD
Ms. Heidi MillerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. G. William MillerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Sybel C. MobleyDoctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Dodge MorganL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. John H. Muller, Jr.Honorary LLD
Mr. Junichi MurataLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Thomas S. MurphyHonorary LLD
Mr. Richard M. NicholsLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Indra K. NooyiHonorary LLD
Mr. William T. O'BrienLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Bernard J. O'KeefeLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Paul OrfaleaLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Clinton A. PetersenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Frank A. PetitoLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Jane Cahill PfeifferLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Thomas L. PhillipsLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Sheri PoeLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Harold W. PriceLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Irving W. RabbL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert M. RosenbergLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Michael C. RuettgersLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Paul SacherLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Bobby SagerL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Leverett SaltonstallLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Oscar Arias SanchezLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Raymond J. SaulnierLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Leonard A. SchlesingerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles W. SchmidtDoctor of Commercial Science
Mr. John SculleyLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Sir Marcus Joseph SieffLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Lois SilvermanL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Constantine B. SimonidesLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Muriel S. SnowdenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Gail SnowdenLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Richard J. Snyder, Esq.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ralph Z. SorensonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Peter J. SpragueLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William StarrLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Paula SternDoctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Biz StoneHonorary LLD
Ms. Ethel Gordon StormL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. William E. Strickland, Jr.L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Sir John M. TempletonLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Shoichiro ToyodaLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert E. TurnerLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Yodjin UahwatanasakulLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ichiro UenoLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Jack Joseph ValentiLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Francis T. Vincent, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John W. WardLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. H. Bradford Washburn, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Thomas J. Watson, Jr.LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Eric WeihenmayerL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert E. WeissmanLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William F. WeldLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Philip WeldLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Linda WhitlockL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Willis Jay WinnLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Leonard WoodcockLL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Richard Saul WurmanL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Oleg ZherebtsovL.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters