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Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipients

The following list includes recipients of honorary degrees since 2000. Full honorary degree citations are available for Hamilton alumni, administrators and trustees.

2014

  • Christopher Dickey, author and journalist (Commencement Speaker)
  • Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation
  • Rosanne Cash, singer and songwriter (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Thomas Schwarz ’66, president of Purchase College

2013

  • Thomas Tull ’92, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures (Commencement Speaker)
  • Oscar de la Renta, international fashion designer
  • Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Xinran, Chinese radio journalist and author

2012

  • A.G. Lafley ’69, chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble (Commencement Speaker)
  • Peter Cameron ’82, novelist
  • Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Letitia Chambers, president and CEO of the Heard Museum
  • Eugenie Havemeyer, a life trustee of Hamilton College and founding trustee of Kirkland College


2011


2010

2009

  • John Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines (Commencement Speaker)
  • Rebecca Chopp, president of Colgate University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Stuart Scott ’61, and former chairman of its Board of Trustees
     

2008

2007

  • Sherwood Boehlert, former Congressman
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, President of Bennett College for Women (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (Commencement Speaker)
  • F. Eugene Romano ’49, local businessman
     

2006

  • Judith and Bill Moyers, Broadcast journalist (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Anna Quindlen, Author (Commencement speaker)
  • Joseph S. Nye, Jr. P’87, P’88, Government studies educator, administrator
     

2005

  • Mary L. Bonauto ’83, attorney, GLAAD
  • Peter John Gomes, professor and minister, Harvard University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Francis Haas Musselman ’50, attorney, life trustee of Hamilton College, former chairman of the board of Kirkland College
  • Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore (Commencement speaker)
  • Joseph Volpe, general manager, The Metropolitan Opera


2004

  • Kevin Kennedy ’70, investment banker and former chairman of the Hamilton Board of Trustees
  • Margaret Miles, noted theological historian
  • Richard Nelson ’72, playwright
  • Joseph Wilder, jazz trumpeter
  • Michael Castle '61, U.S. Representative and former Republican governor of Delaware (speaker only, HD was awarded earlier)

2003

  • Rt. Rev. G.P. Mellick Belshaw, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of NJ
  • David Grubin ’65, writer, director and producer of documentary films
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jim Lehrer, journalist (Commencement Speaker)
  • Bucky Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist
  • Joan Hinde Stewart, president of Hamilton College
  • Roger W. Straus Jr. ’39, publisher
     

2002

  • Stephen Carter, professor, author and moralist
  • Richard Hyman, jazz composer, arranger, conductor and organist
  • Paul Kellogg, artistic director of the Glimmerglass Opera and director of the NY City Opera
  • Thomas Meehan ’51, Tony Award-winning Broadway writer
  • Christy Todd Whitman, EPA Administrator and former Republican governor of NJ (Commencement Speaker)
     

2001


2000

  • Kenny Davern, jazz clarinetist
  • John D. Feerick, dean of the Fordham University Law School
  • Rev. D. Joan Martin, Assoc. Professor of Christian Ethics and Episcopal Divinity School
  • John Nichols ’62, author
  • Sir Brian Urquhart, retired United Nations Undersecretary (Commencement Speaker)

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