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Honorary Degree Recipients

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

An honorary degree is the highest accolade a college or university can bestow and 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.

Recipient

Degree

Maj. Gen. George H. Akin, Ret. D.P.A. Doctor of Public Administration
Mr. Vernon R. Alden LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Robert E. Allen LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert O. Anderson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Edith Y. Babson L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Katherine L. Babson, Jr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Brian M. Barefoot Honorary LLD
Mr. Percy Barnevik LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert L. Bartley LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles C. Barton Doctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Peter Bell LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Carolyn Shaw Bell LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Marisa Bellisario LL.D. Doctor of Laws
The Hon. Craig Robert Benson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Doris Fleischman Bernays LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Edward L. Bernays LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Fabio Bertarelli LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Deborah Bial L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Bennett E. Bidwell LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert O. F. Bixby Honorary LLD
Mr. Peter M. Black LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Arthur M. Blank LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Rolf Bloch LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ernest Boyer LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Myles Brand L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. W. Randolph Burgess LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. James E. Burke LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Sarah Caldwell LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Erwin D. Canham LL.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-Diaz LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Peggy Charren LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. C. Roland Christensen L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Ewan Clague LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Catherine B. Cleary LL.D. Doctor of Laws
The Hon. Manuel F. Cohen LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Abram T. Collier Doctor of Literature
Mr. Chauncey W. Cook LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Rudolph F. Crew LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William H. Cruickshank, Jr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John M. Daigle Doctor of Commercial Science
Mrs. Phyllis Burke Davis LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John S. Day LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. William R. Dill L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. James F. Dillon, Jr. Bachelor of Science
Mr. William Drayton L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Donna L. Dubinsky Honorary LLD
Mr. John T. Dunlop LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Maria Eitel L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Lloyd Warren Elston LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Roger A. Enrico LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Katherine W. Fanning L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Jarvis Farley LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. George Feldenkreis Honorary LLD
Mr. John J. Fernandes Honorary LLD
Maestro Arthur Fiedler LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Paul Fireman LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Beatrice A. Fitzpatrick Doctor of Commercial Science
Malcolm S. Forbes Doctor of Journalism
Mr. Edsel B. Ford II LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. James M. Gavin LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Daniel F. Gerber LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Cecily M. Glavin L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. William F. Glavin LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Eli Goldston LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Joseph J. Grano, Jr. Honorary LLD
Mr. William D. Green Honorary LLD
Mr. Culver H. Griffin Bachelor of Science
Mr. John Austin Gronouski LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Alfred M. Gruenther LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Albert F. Haas Bachelor of Science
Mr. Frederic C. Hamilton LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Anne Hawley L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Marian L. Heard LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Bruce D. Henderson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Leo I. Higdon, Jr. L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Richard D. Hill LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Gary Hirschberg Honorary LLD
Mr. Luther H. Hodges, Jr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Reid G. Hoffman LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Lee A. Iacocca LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Estefano E. Isaias, Sr. Honorary LLD
The Honorable Maynard H. Jackson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Natalie Jacobson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. George E. Johnson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Howard W. Johnson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. K. C. Jones D.P.A. Doctor of Public Administration
Mr. William S. Kanaga LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Guy Kawasaki Honorary LLD
Mr. David T. Kearns LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Marion S. Kellogg LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Donald M. Kendall LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Senator Edward Kennedy LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Nannerl O. Keohane LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Senator John F. Kerry LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. John Knowles LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles G. Koch LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Elizabeth Koch LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert K. Kraft Honorary LLD
Dr. Henry A. Kriebel LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Raymond C. Kurzweil L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Sherry Ann Lansing L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mrs. Mary Wells Lawrence LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Lewis E. Lehrman LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Laurence Lesser L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert E. Linnell Sr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Sol Myron Linowitz LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Andronico C. Luksic, Jr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Peter S. Lynch LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert E. Madden LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Joan Manley-Houlton LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William F. Markey, Jr. Honorary LLD
Ms. Ellyn A. McColgan LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Roseanna H. Means L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Wayne C. Middleton
Mr. Lawrence W. Milas Honorary LLD
Ms. Heidi Miller LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. G. William Miller LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Sybel C. Mobley Doctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Dodge Morgan L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. John H. Muller, Jr. Honorary LLD
Mr. Junichi Murata LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Thomas S. Murphy Honorary LLD
Mr. Richard M. Nichols LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Indra K. Nooyi Honorary LLD
Mr. William T. O'Brien LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Bernard J. O'Keefe LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Paul Orfalea LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Clinton A. Petersen LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Frank A. Petito LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Jane Cahill Pfeiffer LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Thomas L. Phillips LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Sheri Poe LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Harold W. Price LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Irving W. Rabb L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert M. Rosenberg LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Michael C. Ruettgers LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Paul Sacher LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Leverett Saltonstall LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Oscar Arias Sanchez LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Raymond J. Saulnier LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Charles W. Schmidt Doctor of Commercial Science
Mr. John Sculley LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Sir Marcus Joseph Sieff LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Lois Silverman L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Constantine B. Simonides LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mrs. Muriel S. Snowden LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Gail Snowden LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Richard J. Snyder, Esq. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Peter J. Sprague LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William Starr LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Paula Stern Doctor of Commercial Science
Mr. Biz Stone Honorary LLD
Ms. Ethel Gordon Storm L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. William E. Strickland, Jr. L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Sir John M. Templeton LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Robert E. Turner LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Yodjin Uahwatanasakul LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Dr. Ichiro Ueno LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Jack Joseph Valenti LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Francis T. Vincent, Jr. LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. John W. Ward LL.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 Weihenmayer L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Robert E. Weissman LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. William F. Weld LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Philip Weld LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Ms. Linda Whitlock L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Willis Jay Winn LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Leonard Woodcock LL.D. Doctor of Laws
Mr. Oleg Zherebtsov L.H.D. Doctor of Humane Letters